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House passes $35 million tax cut

After lengthy debate on the House floor Thursday, representatives voted 49-20 to pass a $35 million tax cut, a move proponents says will enhance job creation. Critics of the legislation, however, argued the bill irresponsibly cuts revenues when critical government … Continue reading

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Days before filing begins, several candidates declare their intentions

It’s still days before candidate filing opens, but it’s becoming clear that the Idaho House and the Idaho Senate will see many new members after the 2012 elections. Candidates and challengers can begin filing for public office on Monday. In … Continue reading

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House leader removes two committee chairmen due to voting records

In a surprise move before the end the 2011 legislative session, House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, announced some shakeups in committee chairmanships, changes that came from voting lapses by two representatives. Denney removed Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, as head of … Continue reading

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Palmer replaces Smith as House Transportation Committee chair

Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, started the 2011 legislative session as just another member of the House Transportation Committee, but that’s not how he will end it. In a surprise move Thursday, as the Legislature finished its business for the year, … Continue reading

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Legislature signs off on new closed-primary plan

Idaho voters going to the polls in early 2012 could face some changes in the way they choose candidates in party elections. Members of the Idaho House  and Senate have approved a measure that would essentially close future primary elections.  … Continue reading

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Push for greater compliance with Internet sales tax killed Wednesday

Members of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee killed a measure Wednesday aimed at encouraging Idahoans to pay their  share of sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Julie Ellsworth, R-Boise, would have made … Continue reading

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House clears bill requiring bonding for large load challenges

The Idaho House has passed a measure that will prevent companies carrying large loads through the state of Idaho from being sued by those with objections to the process. The bill centers on last year’s megaload controversy, in which large … Continue reading

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House clears first education reform bill, second will wait until Wednesday

It took them nearly three-and-half hours to do it, but House Republicans finally pushed through a plan that would drastically alter teacher working conditions and contract negotiations. The legislation, Senate Bill 1108, removes collective bargaining privileges for teachers, phases out … Continue reading

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House approves four of six urban renewal reform measures

Lawmakers in the Idaho House voted to approve several measures designed to bring more transparency and oversight into urban renewal in the Gem State, but not all the bills gained favor with legislators. Representatives approved four of the six reform … Continue reading

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Transportation committee heads ‘agree to disagree’ on GARVEE

The Republican leaders of the Idaho House and Senate Transportation Committees don’t see eye to eye on the state program that borrows money for several road construction projects, with future road money from the federal government footing the bill for … Continue reading

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