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Political and legislative news out of Idaho.

New Idaho law on vacation rentals seeks middle ground

Idaho has a new law to govern how short-term vacation rentals, like those marketed on Airbnb and other services, are regulated and taxed, and it may bring peace in a long-simmering fight over the growing industry.

Idaho House grinds to a halt amid fears about notary bill, United Nations

UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 9:39 p.m.

The Idaho House ground to a halt Monday, as a handful of lawmakers fearful about international implications of a bill updating Idaho’s notary laws forced an hour-plus reading of the 21-page bill, before it finally passed with just seven “no” votes.

Doctor, developer launches campaign for governor of Idaho

UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Tommy Ahlquist launched his Republican campaign for governor of Idaho on Wednesday, addressing close to 400 people closely crowded into the 17th-floor conference room of the Zions Bank building in downtown Boise, which Ahlquist’s company built.

Idaho Senate panel agrees to delete climate change from new school science standards

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

Despite efforts by members and the chairman of the Idaho Senate Education Committee to convince their House counterparts to go along with approving new state science standards without deleting five sections referring to climate change, the senators reported that the House wouldn’t budge, so the senators reluctantly gave in.