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Eye On Boise archive for March 2012


House takes lunch break mid-debate...

The House was in mid-debate on the big tax-cut bill when Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, abruptly called for a lunch break; the House has now recessed until 1:30. Rep. JoAn Wood, R-Rigby, announced that the House Ways & Means Committee will meet at 1:15.

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House Tax Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, debates against HB 563, the tax-cut bill, in the House on Thursday. (Betsy Russell)

House opens tax-cut debate... 

The House has opened debate on the tax-cut bill, HB 563, which lowers top individual income tax rates and the corporate tax rate. "This sends a very clear message," said House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star. "This is not our money, this is money we…

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Bill would help private-school athletes 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A measure aimed at allowing private schools to field teams for state and district athletic events is headed to its final hurdle in the Idaho Legislature. The House Education Committee signed off on…

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Members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee debate funding for the Veterans Services Division for next year, during a budget-setting session on Thursday morning. (Betsy Russell)

Suicide prevention hotline gets funding boost

Legislative budget writers have approved a Division of Veterans Services budget for next year that includes a $110,000 funding boost to help get a state suicide prevention hotline back up and running. The budget, proposed by Reps. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, and George Eskridge, R-Dover, both…

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First H&W division gets unanimous budget vote

JFAC has voted unanimously, 19-0, this morning to set a budget for the first division of the huge Department of Health & Welfare to come up for budget-setting; it's the indirect support services division. Sen. Steve Bair, R-Blackfoot, and Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, crafted a…

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