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Eye On Boise 2016 Idaho Legislature archive



Legislative limerick No. 6: Time for sine die? 

House Speaker Scott Bedke surprised House members today with a dozen original limericks, all strictly within the bounds of House rules, and designed around the formalities of recognizing lawmakers as they present bills. “I started ‘em, and then it turned out that Mary Lou is...

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Pay boost for CTE teachers wins unanimous House support 

The House has voted unanimously – 68-0 – in favor of HB 630, Rep. Julie VanOrden’s bill to increase pay for career-technical education teachers who have occupational specialist certificates in the fields they’re teaching; those teachers would get an additional $3,000 in salary. The fiscal...

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Repeal of Idaho's fee on hybrid cars may be dead 

In case you missed it, here’s my full story from today’s Spokesman-Review on the Senate-passed bill to repeal last year’s new $75 annual fee on hybrid cars dying without a hearing in the House, because House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer has insisted on tying it...

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Senate passes powdered alcohol ban on 17-16 vote

The Idaho Senate has voted 17-16 in favor of HB 331a, the bill to ban powdered alcohol, which a manufacturer is preparing to market as a product called “Palcohol.” “Powdered alcohol is considered to be prone to abuse,” said Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum. Twenty-nine other...

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