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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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Eagle Mayor Phil Bandy resigns (access required)

Eagle Mayor Phil Bandy has announced his resignation to city staff, effective March 11. A March 1 press release from the city states it was a difficult decision for Bandy, but the mayor “felt it was in the best interest ...

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Why the immigration bills will die

There are plenty of reasons why Idaho is not going to follow states like Arizona and Oklahoma and turn state and county prosecutors into enforcers of immigration law. I disagree with my co-blogger Mike Tomlin, who claims that lawmakers are ...

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Idaho House passes resolution on airport debt (access required)

The House gave its support to another constitutional amendment that would restore public airports’ authority to go into debt without a vote of the people provided that they use no taxpayer money to repay bonds. Lawmakers voted 57-12 on Feb. ...

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