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Eye On Boise 2017 Idaho Legislature archive

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017

Planned Parenthood, Wasden move to dismiss abortion suit 

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Planned Parenthood say it’s time to dismiss a lawsuit challenging two anti-abortion laws in Idaho. Earlier this year, a federal judge agreed to give the Legislature time to repeal two laws passed in 2015 banning women from receiving abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine. Lawmakers begrudgingly...

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MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017

Overhaul of Idaho oil and gas laws includes new commission

A revamped commission overseeing Idaho's natural gas and oil industry and a beefed-up state agency to aid that effort emerged from this year's legislative session along with more detailed reporting requirements for oil companies. The new laws and rules are a major course change for Idaho as expected windfalls of oil and gas money to state...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter gives his 2017 State of the State address to a joint session of the Idaho Legislature (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Grocery tax repeal veto prompts debate in Idaho over powers of Legislature, governor 

After Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a popular bill to remove the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries, North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick is renewing his push to change the Idaho Constitution to allow lawmakers to reconvene to override a veto that’s issued after they adjourn for the year. “It’s not uncommon, it’s not some sort of strange idea...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017

Group of lawmakers files suit over grocery tax repeal veto

A group of 30 lawmakers, including some legislative leaders, is urging the Idaho Supreme Court to overturn a nearly 40-year-old ruling on when the governor can veto a bill. According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday, lawmakers contend that Gov. Butch Otter violated the Idaho Constitution earlier this year when he vetoed a proposal that would...

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MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017

Nate, Zollinger say Otter missed veto deadline on grocery tax bill, threaten to sue 13 

Two eastern Idaho state representatives and a former GOP congressional candidate are threatening to sue to overturn Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of the grocery tax repeal bill, contending it occurred after the deadline and the bill actually became law without Otter’s signature, reports Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public Television. You can read Davlin’s...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017

Otter vetoes grocery tax repeal, saying costs 'too high' 11 

The governor of Idaho has vetoed a legislative measure that would have repealed the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries, the AP reports. Gov. Butch Otter rejected the tax repeal Tuesday evening. Otter wrote in his veto message that the costs of the proposal are too high and the potential for imminent financial need too great...

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Idaho governor allows $320M road plan to become law

A frustrated Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter allowed a $320 million transportation funding plan to become law on Tuesday, despite lodging multiple criticisms against key aspects of the measure, the AP reports. "Transportation has been one of the central focuses and primary frustrations of my three terms as governor," Otter wrote in his transmittal...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017


FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017

THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017


TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017


MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, flanked by, from left, GOP state Sens. Chuck Winder, Bart Davis, Marv Hagedorn and Fred Martin, responds to the just-completed legislative session at a press conference in his office Monday. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Otter responds to legislative session; full story 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he gives lawmakers high marks for their just-completed legislative session – but also some “incompletes” – and he wouldn’t say whether he’d sign or veto key pieces of legislation, including the bill to repeal Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries...

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