Idaho pensioners spend thousands to fly snowbird Sullivan to Boise for meetings

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For some, snowbirding offers sunny skies, warmer weather and lots of leisure in places such as Texas, Florida and Arizona. For members of Idaho’s pension system, snowbirding means a little more: They must pay the travel costs of a state agency board member. Since 2012, the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) has spent more than $14,000 to cover …

Senate next to hear bill to block new private groups from state retirement system

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Idaho Senate members will have their chance to decide if the state’s retirement system should continue to allow new private groups and associations to participate in the system. House members passed legislation Wednesday that would block new private groups from taking part in the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho. The measure, officially House Bill 145, passed the House on …

Bill to bring transparency to property tax bills moves forward, may see changes

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A bill sponsors say will bring more transparency to the tax statements most property owners receive passed out of committee Thursday, but might yet change. House Revenue and Taxation Committee members approved House Bill 154 Thursday, but sent it to the House’s amending order, where members can request changes to legislation. The bill would require county treasurers to disclose more …

Bill to exclude private groups from state pension system moves forward despite Democrat objections

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A bill to block private groups and associations from joining the taxpayer-backed state pension system cleared the House Commerce and Human Resources Committee Wednesday despite Democrats’ dissent. The measure, formally House Bill 145, would block non-government entities from joining the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho. The measure now heads to the House floor. Rep. Phylis King, D-Boise, and temporary …

State government to regulate font size of real estate agents’ ads? Bill that opens such a door advances

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A bill that could eventually allow the Idaho state government to regulate the font size of real estate agents’ advertisements advanced out of committee Wednesday. Members of the House Business Committee approved the measure, which now heads to the House floor for more deliberation. The bill, brought forward by the Idaho Real Estate Commission, would further clarify how real estate …

Senate protects pension perk for legislators

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The Senate State Affairs Committee declined to introduce legislation Wednesday that could have ended pension spiking by Idaho’s part-time lawmakers. The panel declined to introduce the measure, which was brought by Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian. The panel declined to make a motion to hear the measure, but then members turned back a last-ditch effort by Hagedorn to force introduction. Committee …