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House panel rejects massive cigarette tax hike

Last year, backers of a massive Idaho cigarette tax hike couldn’t garner a hearing for their measure, seeing no support for the idea. This year, those same sponsors got the hearing they desired, but not the hoped-for outcome for their … Continue reading

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Plenty of changes in House chairmanships

Though nothing changed in the leadership for House Republicans, plenty of committees and chairmanships were shuffled around Thursday as representatives prepared for the 2011 session, set to begin Jan. 11. Leadership only had one vacancy to fill; the chairmanship of … Continue reading

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Tax chairman Lake says ‘sin tax’ increase is about preventing smoking, not raising revenue

Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, isn’t money hungry, but he thinks other lawmakers may be. Lake, chairman of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, made waves in Idaho politics a few weeks ago when he said he would allow a hearing … Continue reading

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Candidate giving tour may spark change in Capitol tour policy

During the 2010 legislative session, an announced candidate for the Idaho House served as a tour guide for the Idaho Capitol tours program, which has some lawmakers wanting to examine policy for who can give tours in the program. Jeff … Continue reading

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Lawmakers have immunization problem to solve

One early hurdle for Idaho lawmakers in 2010 will be finding millions of dollars for the state’s childhood immunization program. Funding is set to run out at the end of January, though lawmakers working closely on the issue say temporary … Continue reading

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