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Eye On Boise archive for April 9, 2015

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015

Idaho House chamber (Betsy Russell)

Bedke: 'We're in the playoffs now' 

The House has now adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow. Speaker Scott Bedke asked House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer to give an update on the conference committee. “We moved a little bit today,” Palmer told the House. “Tomorrow we’re going to meet up again at 8...

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Senate adjourns until 10:30 tomorrow morning

The Senate has just adjourned until 10:30 tomorrow morning - meaning the Legislature is not adjourning sine die today. The conference committee on transportation funding still is at ease; the panel is in mid-negotiations about gas taxes. It has been meeting since 9 a.m. today;...

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Debating hard over gas tax... 

Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, offered a 4-cent gas tax increase next year, followed by another 2 cents two years later, and then another 2 cents four years out, a total of 8 cents. “That probably gets close to our bottom line,” he said. “That’s less...

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Ronk still acting head at IACI...

Jayson Ronk is still the acting president of Idaho Association of Business and Industry, and will be for the foreseeable future, reports Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public TV’s “Idaho Reports.” Widespread rumors in the Capitol had President Alex LaBeau back on the job; IACI’s board...

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Conference committee begins its work... 

After brief comments about the process the conference committee will follow, Senate Transportation Chairman Bert Brackett asked, “Any questions or clarifications?” When there were none from the other conference committee members, he said with a smile, “This is gonna be easy.” Rep. John Vander Woude,...

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