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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 17, 2015

TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015

News, news and more news today... 

Whew – what a news day! Here’s a link to my full story at on today’s 25-9 vote in the Senate to repeal “instant racing” in Idaho, and here’s a link to my full story on today’s JFAC action on stopgap funding for broadband...

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Jurors could get more pay for long trials

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho jurors in lengthy trials could soon be getting a raise. The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee unanimously voted Tuesday to introduce a bill that would pay jurors $50 per day if…

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Werk: 'I will miss all of you'

Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise, just announced to the Senate that he'll be resigning from the Senate at the end of today's session, to accept an appointment from Gov. Butch Otter to the Idaho State Tax Commission. His voice breaking, Werk said, "I will miss you...

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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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