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News >  Idaho

Stoicheff’s Bill Bans Greyhound Racing In State

Greyhound racing would be outlawed in Idaho, under a bill introduced Monday in a legislative committee. Rep. Jim Stoicheff's bill would allow the Greyhound Park in Post Falls to continue to conduct betting on simulcast horse and dog races, under a special provision.
News >  Nation/World

Student Takes His Homework To The Capitol

David Reed was a little overwhelmed. In a packed room with a soaring arched ceiling and stone columns, he stood before the state Legislature's most powerful committee, the senators and representatives who set the state budget.

News >  Nation/World

Panel Finds Need For Repairs In Parks

Idaho's cities and counties need a new way to pay for parks and other recreational facilities, a legislative committee says. The interim committee toured parks across the state over the summer and found plenty of need - from crumbling swimming pools to growing areas that need to build new parks.
News >  Idaho

Batt Sends President A Message

Gov. Phil Batt sent a letter to President Clinton on Wednesday calling for action against low-priced Canadian lumber that's flooding into the United States, depressing timber prices. Batt's letter came within a week of a similar letter from Montana Gov. Marc Racicot.
News >  Idaho

Legislature United On State Welfare Reform Forty-Four Point Plan Includes Lifetime Limit, Work Requirements

Idaho's welfare reform plan was introduced in the Legislature Tuesday to generally favorable reviews from both parties. "This is very much a bipartisan issue," said Sen. Mary Lou Reed, D-Coeur d'Alene, who was among the Senate Health and Welfare Committee members voting Tuesday to introduce the package. But, she said, "It's going to be important that we ask all the right questions."
News >  Idaho

Bill Protects Shooting Ranges

Shooting ranges shouldn't be threatened just because neighborhoods grow up around them, according to Rep. Jeff Alltus, R-Coeur d'Alene. Alltus has proposed legislation to protect shooting ranges. "I kind of see it as a private property rights issue," he said.
News >  Idaho

Lobbyist Sees Fertile Ground In Statehouse

It's not too hard to tell that there are a lot of farmers in the Idaho Legislature. When a lobbyist was telling a legislative committee about ski resorts' investments into new equipment, he used this analogy:
News >  Idaho

Ties To The North Help Move Education Bills To Forefront

There was an example Friday of how much difference it can make for North Idaho to have a committee chairman in the Legislature. Sen. Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow, the first northern committee chairman in five years, had three bills introduced by his Senate Education Committee. All three came solely at the urging of the Moscow School District.
News >  Idaho

Speaking Up For Schools New Construction Hasn’t Been A Priority, Simpson Tells Joint Committee Meeting

Lawmakers could find state money to build new schools if they just made it a priority and looked in the budget, House Speaker Mike Simpson said Thursday. Simpson, addressing a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education committees, proposed three alternative bills to match local property taxpayers' spending on new schools. The committee also heard four other proposals on school buildings.
News >  Nation/World

School Construction Not In Batt Proposal

Idaho on a budget. Damon McCauley insturcts Dixie Barton in Microsoft Word at the NIC Work Force Training Center in Post Falls. Worker training is included in Batt's budget . Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review
News >  Nation/World

Who’s Making The Laws?

As Idaho's Legislature gears up for its 1996 session, there'll be more educators than lawyers in its lofty chambers. There will also be more insurance agents than stockbrokers, and more farmers and ranchers than anyone else.
News >  Idaho

Bogus Liens A Real Headache Proposed Legislation Would Make It Harder To Harass Public Officials

Idaho will make it harder for people to file bogus liens against public officials and others if Attorney General Al Lance has his way. Lance is preparing legislation that would crack down on the filing of liens that have no legal standing. Such liens, though bogus, can cause headaches for their targets, who have to clear them up to ensure that title to their land is not clouded.
News >  Idaho

Falcons Make Home, Sweet Home

Folks here think nothing of seeing a peregrine falcon perched in a tree along the freeway, right in front of a big sugar factory. A mile up the road, in another tree next to the freeway, there's another. This one is larger - a female.