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Eye On Boise 2016 Idaho Legislature archive

TUESDAY, JAN. 19, 2016



Anderst motion for 2% merit raises fails, 4-14 

Rep. Robert Anderst’s motion for just 2 percent merit raises, plus charging state employees for part of a health insurance cost increase, has failed on a 4-14 vote. Anderst said he wants to save money for other budget priorities. “Essentially what that would do is...

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Three motions on the floor on state employee pay

Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, has made the first motion on state employee compensation: 3 percent merit raises, per the governor’s recommendation, plus an additional 1 percent across-the-board increase for the nine pay grades that fall the farthest below standards. That would add $6.7 million to...

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Legislature's CEC panel convenes on Tuesday morning to consider state employee compensation (Betsy Z. Russell)

CEC panel convenes to address state employee pay

The Legislature’s joint Change in Employee Compensation Committee has convened this morning at an early hour – 7 a.m. – to decide on its recommendation on pay and benefits for state workers. Gov. Butch Otter has recommended 3 percent merit raises for state employees next...

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MONDAY, JAN. 18, 2016


Of fish, tribes and industry... 

The Senate Resources Committee only got through the new pollution discharge elimination system rules this afternoon; it’ll take up controversial new water quality rules on Wednesday. Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public TV has a look at the issues here, and reports, “The state’s most powerful...

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Barry Burnell of the Idaho DEQ presents proposed rules to the Senate Resources Committee on Monday afternoon (Betsy Z. Russell)

Water quality rules hearing draws crowd 

For an administrative rules hearing on a holiday, this afternoon’s Senate Resources Committee hearing has drawn a rather large crowd of more than 40. Up for consideration are rules from the state Department of Environmental Quality on water quality standards, ground water quality, and the...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 15, 2016

CEC panel sets meeting for early Tuesday morning 

The joint legislative committee on Change in Employee Compensation has set its final meeting of the session for Tuesday at 7 a.m. in room EW 42 of the Capitol, where the agenda calls for committee discussion and consideration of motions .The panel will determine whether...

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Lower CAT fund costs bring Idaho $29 million in savings 

Idaho’s state general fund just got a $28.9 million one-time boost. It happened because the state’s Catastrophic Health Care program has been spending less than anticipated, both last year and this year, as more Idahoans have gotten health insurance. Gov. Butch Otter had recommended transferring...

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Two more spending items OK'd in cleanup from IEN 

Two other supplemental appropriation requests related to the defunct Idaho Education Network also have been approved by JFAC this morning. The first, at $176,000, transfers remaining funds from a federal grant that was formerly used for paying teacher stipends and training under the IEN back...

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Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, presents the joint revenue committee report to JFAC on Friday morning (Betsy Z. Russell)

JFAC accepts revenue panel's report

Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, co-chair of the Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee, reported to JFAC this morning that there’s an overall positive outlook for Idaho’s economy, based on the presentations the panel heard from representatives of various sectors of the economy and from experts....

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THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 2016

Few Idaho lawmakers attend Statehouse talk by Hadian, Holton 

Fewer than 20 of Idaho’s 105 lawmakers attended a Statehouse presentation Thursday night on refugee resettlement featuring two anti-Islam speakers, as close to 100 protesters lined the hallway outside the meeting, carrying signs saying, “Love Your Neighbor As Yourself” and “Refugees Welcome.” The Rev. Shahram...

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Christopher Holton speaks at the Idaho Capitol about his view of the threat from Jihad (Betsy Z. Russell)

Holton: 'It's plain as day' 

The Rev. Shahram Hadian introduced Christopher Holton, vice president of the Center for Security Policy, who told tonight’s audience in the Lincoln Auditorium it was his first trip to Idaho. “I wish that I was here for a more pleasant reason,” Holton said. “I go...

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The Rev. Shahram Hadian addresses a crowd in the Idaho Capitol Auditorium on Thursday (Betsy Z. Russell)

Hadian: 'We're here to present information' 

“We want to thank everyone for coming,” the Rev. Shahram Hadian said, opening his presentation in the Lincoln Auditorium tonight. “We’re here tonight because, at the request of citizens from Idaho who asked us to be able to present this information here at the Capitol,...

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