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Committee approves immigration bill (access required)

A bill that aims to punish illegal immigrants by upping penalties for the use of false documents has cleared a Senate committee. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 6-1 March 12 to approve a bill that would make it a ...

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Senate panel votes against immigration crackdown

A Senate committee rejected a bill that would penalize employers who don’t use a federal computer database to verify workers’ immigration status and who end up hiring illegal immigrants. After three hours of debate, mostly tilted against the measure, the ...

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Idaho Republicans push anti-feds bills

State Republicans lobbed more legislative spitballs at Washington, D.C., earlier this week, with measures calling to sue the federal government over gun rights and control of federal land and to replace standard American currency with gold and silver. The bills ...

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Two construction bills postponed until 2011

As Idaho’s legislature plows through proposed legislation, trying to avoid a repeat of the record-length session of 2009, time is becoming scarce for new bills to be introduced. Two bills falling victim to time constraints were being pushed by the ...

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House committee passes LID bill on second try (access required)

A House committee voted to approve a bill that would restrict the powers of local governments to create special taxing districts to pay for infrastructure several weeks after sponsors withdrew a stricter version of the legislation because of an outcry ...

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20 suspended, 2 fired at Idaho roads agency

As many as 22 Idaho Transportation Department employees were disciplined by the agency for improperly using state equipment, with two losing their jobs. Rep. JoAn Wood, the Rigby Republican who heads the House Transportation Committee, said Tuesday that agency director ...

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