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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2015

TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015

Winder: "Whoa, Nellie, we're getting the cart before the horse' 

In continuing debate on SB 1011, the instant racing repeal bill: Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, said, “Whoooa, Nellie. I think we’re getting the cart before the horse. I personally believe that this is a bad policy for us to pursue to repeal a piece of legislation that is only two years old, that has a working issue in it, and it does have an issue...

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Sen. Brent Hill opens debate on SB 1011, the bill to repeal 'instant racing' in Idaho (Betsy Russell)

'Instant racing' repeal debate opens in Senate

“We’ve all been fascinated and thrilled with watching the skill and the beauty of horse racing,” Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, told the Senate as he opened debate today on SB 1011, the bill to repeal authorization for so-called “instant racing” machines in Idaho.

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Crapo, Risch address Idaho House and Senate 

U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are addressing both the Idaho House and Senate today, and both are issuing strong warnings about their concerns over the $18 trillion national debt, which Crapo called “the greatest threat to our national security.” He said, “We’ll collapse…

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JFAC debates stopgap fix for school broadband service, to take over from defunct Idaho Education Network (Betsy Russell)

All eyes on JFAC for IEN fix...

The ornate JFAC hearing room is packed this morning for the debate on how to fund broadband services for schools for the rest of this school year. A proposal has been placed before budget writers for a supplemental appropriation for $3,640,500 to pay for school...

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MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2015

Parks Dept. corporate sponsorships bill introduced 

The Senate Resources Committee has voted unanimously to introduce legislation sought by state Parks Director David Langhorst to allow state parks to solicit corporate sponsorships as an additional revenue source, but not without questions. Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, questioned whether it would lead to naming…

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Lawmakers to take action on IEN mess Tuesday morning 

The Legislature’s immediate solution for the Idaho Education Network mess will be debated by the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee tomorrow morning, JFAC Co-Chair Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, announced this morning at the end of today’s joint committee meeting. “In order to protect schools, I think we’re going…

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