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TUESDAY, FEB. 20, 2018

Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, pitches his anti-Sharia law bill to the Idaho House on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 (Betsy Z. Russell)

House passes anti-Sharia law bill, 44-24

The House has voted 44-24 in favor of HB 419, Rep. Eric Redman’s anti-Sharia law bill, which seeks to forbid the recognition of any foreign law by Idaho courts. Here's the full vote breakdown and some of what representatives said in the debate...

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Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls (Betsy Z. Russell)

Anti-porn resolution, bill introduced

Pornography is “creating a public health crisis,” according to a resolution introduced by an Idaho House committee on Tuesday. “Families are torn apart because of the proliferation of this material,” Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls, told the House State Affairs Committee. “Our communities, state and...

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MONDAY, FEB. 19, 2018

Idaho Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow

Idaho senator yells at students lobbying for birth control

A state senator shouted at University of Idaho students affiliated with Planned Parenthood trying to schedule a meeting with him to discuss birth control and sex education. GOP Sen. Dan Foreman said he would call law enforcement officials if they attempted to visit his office at the Capitol again. The students, who had traveled nearly 300 miles...

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 (Betsy Z. Russell)

School budget-setting on tap...

This morning, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee will set the single largest piece of Idaho’s state budget – the K-12 public schools budget. Here, JFAC Co-Chair Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, talks with Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, who is among the JFAC members who’s been crafting...

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Bill proposes mental health exception in felony battery law

An Idaho lawmaker has proposed inserting a mental health exception in a 2014 felony battery law that protects health care workers. The Idaho Statesman reports Republican State Rep. Christy Perry last week introduced a bill that would amend the law so that it cannot be used to charge people who were in treatment...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 16, 2018

From left, Dan Chadwick, Cynthia Sewell, host Melissa Davlin and Betsy Russell on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television, on Feb. 26, 2018. (Idaho Public TV)

The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, host Melissa Davlin interviews House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise; and reports on how Idaho counties are grappling with problems bringing their courthouses into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Also, the show features comments from...

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House State Affairs agrees to introduce new statewide conflict-of-interest disclosure bill; only Giddings, Barbieri dissent

New conflict-of-interest disclosure legislation – which would require filings for all candidates and office-holders, disclosing their occupation and employer and other potential conflicts of interest, but not income – was introduced in the House State Affairs Committee today with just two “no” votes. The vote...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 15, 2018

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