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Eye On Boise

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018

From left, Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman, Boise High School senior Will Tanguy, host Melissa Davlin, House Speaker Scott Bedke, and Idaho AEYCH head Beth Oppenheimer on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television. (Idaho Public TV)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, there’s a report on legislative leaders’ comments last week on gun violence; the big rally at the state Capitol in which nearly 2,000 Idaho high school and junior high students protested against gun violence; and a panel…

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Lawmaker panel says Idaho should cover ranchers’ legal fees

A panel of Idaho lawmakers says the state should reimburse two ranchers for legal costs they incurred fighting the federal government for rights to streams and other water bodies that livestock rely on when grazing on federally managed land. The House State Affairs Committee passed the proclamation on a voice vote Thursday, stating that $600,000...

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IRI dispute crops up in budget debate...

As the Senate was voting 34-1 in favor of the budget for the coming year for the office of the state superintendent of schools today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Boise, sounded a warning. Citing restrictive “intent language” in the spending bill, the Boise Republican...

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Otter reluctantly OKs bill tweaking Idaho math requirements

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he has reluctantly allowed legislation eliminating the requirement for high school students to take math classes during their senior year to become law. Otter announced Wednesday that he feared the bill would undermine the state's investment in science and mathematics in Idaho's public education system. However...

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Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, talks to reporters March 6, 2018. He’s joined by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right. (AP /  J. Scott Applewhite)

U.S. Senate passes Crapo bill easing Dodd-Frank rules for banks

The Senate passed bipartisan legislation Wednesday designed to ease bank rules enacted to prevent a relapse of the 2008 financial crisis that caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs and homes, the AP reports. The Senate voted 67-31 for a bill from GOP Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho that would dial back portions of the law known as Dodd-Frank...

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Otter signs Moyle's roadkill bill into law

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed into law a roadkill bill that would allow motorists or passers-by to humanely dispatch a badly injured animal unintentionally hit by a vehicle. Currently, Idaho law says only law enforcement officers can dispatch such animals. Otter gave his signature...

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10 wolves killed in northern Idaho to boost elk numbers

Federal officials have killed 10 wolves in northern Idaho at the request of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to boost elk numbers, and state officials say more might be killed this winter. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services said Wednesday that workers used a helicopter in the Clearwater National Forest in late February...

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