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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017

Idaho exchange's subsidies at risk under health care repeal

Idaho's health insurance exchange would lose $220 million in tax subsidies if President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is repealed, Your Health Idaho Director Pat Kelly said Wednesday. "Depending on what the repeal would look like, that would be the cost to Idaho," said Kelly, during a presentation to the Idaho House Health & Welfare...

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Burdick delineates court issues for lawmakers

Idaho lawmakers were challenged by Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Burdick today to consider whether they want to continue the state’s policy of having at least one magistrate judge in each county that wants one, even as the population continues to concentrate in Ada,...

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Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, right, visits one of the dozens of booths set up in the Capitol rotunda for the annual Buy Idaho show on Wednesday, highlighting Idaho products and services. (Betsy Z. Russell)

It's 'Buy Idaho' day in the Capitol...

It’s “Buy Idaho” day in the Capitol, when the annual Buy Idaho show fills three floors of the Capitol rotunda, showcasing Idaho products and services and offering freebies galore. The show includes everything from honey to home inspections, cherries to beef jerky. It’s open to...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017

Idaho House panel introduces new liquor license bill 

Idaho bars with liquor licenses would be required to be open at least 20 hours a week and must sell at least 20 drinks a week under a new proposal introduced in an Idaho House panel on Tuesday. Under Idaho's current law, a single liquor license is allowed for every 1,500 residents of cities. This quota system has resulted in long waiting lists...

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Otter to attend Trump inaugural 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter will depart Wednesday for Washington, D.C., where the governor will take part in a Medicaid roundtable in the Senate Finance Committee hearing room on Thursday morning; and the couple will attend the Congressional Leadership Inaugural Celebration,...

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MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017

Otter orders cybersecurity improvements for Idaho  

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed an executive order aimed at protecting the state's computer networks from hackers. The order signed Monday creates a director of Information security position, with that person reporting directly to the governor. The search to fill that position will begin after...

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