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Eye On Boise archive for May 18, 2015

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015

Sen. Grant Burgoyne opens the Senate debate on HB 1, around 5:45 p.m. on Monday (Betsy Z. Russell)

Senate suspends rules, takes up HB 1

“There’s a long version to this and a short version, and today’s proceedings have worn me out, and I’m only capable of doing the short version,” Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, told the Senate as he presented HB 1, the child support enforcement bill. The bill,...

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Rep. Barbieri: 'It's all about the money' 

Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, said, “I think we need to be concerned about the ramifications. … Legislative authority is being addressed. Administrative law, our tri-partite balance of power, checks and balance … and indeed state sovereignty.” He asked fellow representatives to imagine the bill...

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House convenes to take up HB 1

The House is back in session to take up HB 1, the child support enforcement bill. In the vote to suspend rules and allow immediate consideration, there were no objections; it passed 69-0. "Let's not debate the motives of the individual members, their patriotism, their…

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Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, speaks in committee. (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

HB 1 clears House committee on 12-5 vote 19 

The House Judiciary Committee has voted 12-5 in favor of HB 1, with just Reps. McMillan, Sims, Cheatham, Nate and Scott dissenting. Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, said, “I will not be supporting this bill. Director Armstrong said this is all about efficiency, so that’s it.…

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Idaho Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong addresses lawmakers on Monday (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Testimony has wrapped up 

Public testimony has now wrapped up on HB 1, the child support enforcement bill. A full three dozen people testified in the four-hour hearing, roughly evenly split between backers and opponents of the bill. Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong and Deputy Attorney General Scott Keim are now answering some questions from the committee.

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Brent Regan testifies to state lawmakers on Monday (Betsy Z. Russell)

Acting Sen. Regan: 'I worry about my son' 23 

Brent Regan, a former Coeur d’Alene school board member and vice-chairman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation who’s filling in as a substitute senator for Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, testified at length against HB 1, responding to numerous questions from lawmakers after his assigned 3...

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That wasn't a fire alarm... 

Despite the hot debate going on in the Lincoln Auditorium this morning on the child support enforcement bill, that alarm that went off a few minutes ago out in the hallway wasn't the fire alarm. Idaho Public TV reporter Melissa Davlin reports that it was...

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