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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 2013

THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

Testimony: 'Somebody's got to pay for that study'

As the heavy-trucks hearing continues: Stuart Davis, executive director of the Idaho Association of Highway Districts, spoke in favor “unequivocally” of SB 1064, regarding making the southern Idaho heavy-trucks pilot project permanent. “We do oppose SB 1117,” he said. “There is not enough data to…

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Heavy-trucks debate: 'It scares me to death' 

Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, grilled Idaho Commerce Director Jeff Sayer and Idaho Transportation Department official Alan Frew about whether either agency would spend more state money to review and analyze possible new routes for extra-heavy trucks, should SB 1117 pass. Both said no. “We…

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Idaho tops in number of horses per capita

Little-known fact: “Our state has the highest per-capita horse population to people of any place in the world.” That’s according to Ed McMillis of the Idaho Horse Council, who was among those testifying in favor of HB 220 in the House State Affairs Committee this…

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House, Senate chambers reopen to visitors

Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin reports that the House and Senate chambers will return to normal visiting hours today, after security video of an armed man in the House chamber prompted restrictions earlier. “I think it’s just time,” House Speaker Scott Bedke told Davlin. After the…

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Liquor division budget clears JFAC, 17-2

Legislative budget writers set a budget for the state Liquor Division this morning that’s virtually identical to Gov. Butch Otter’s recommendation; it reflects a 1.2 percent increase in funding, but the division gets no state general tax funds. Proposals from the division approved in the…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2013

Keeping teen drivers-in-training off the phone... 

Teens who are learning to drive would be banned from talking on cell phones while they drive during the six-month driving practice period prescribed under Idaho’s graduated drivers license law, under a bill that cleared the House Transportation Committee yesterday on a 9-7 vote; the…

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