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  • Idaho Legislature slows to standstill as Dems protest

    Action in the Idaho Legislature has slowed to a standstill, as House Democrats made good on the threat they issued yesterday to use whatever means they have available to slow …


  • Change to Idaho conscience law awaits Otter’s signature

    BOISE – A narrow change to Idaho’s “conscience law” was sent to Gov. Butch Otter for signature Tuesday, but it’s not the change many seniors wanted, and some claim it …


  • Idaho Democrats make stand on cigarette tax hearing

    BOISE – The Idaho House’s minority Democrats declared a procedural guerrilla war on Tuesday, vowing stall tactics to delay the 2011 session’s end to protest the Republican majority’s refusal to …


  • Idaho Senate passes end-of-life conscience bill over seniors’ objections

    The Idaho Senate has voted 21-13 in favor of HB 187, a measure opposed by seniors and the AARP that makes a narrow change to the state’s existing “conscience law,” …


  • Third school reform bill heads to Idaho House

    State schools Superintendent Tom Luna’s third and final school reform bill, which narrowly passed the Senate last week, cleared an Idaho House committee today on a 12-6 vote and headed …


  • Idaho lawmakers approve 1.87 percent school salary cut

    BOISE – Idaho’s public schools would see a $47 million cut in funding next year under a budget set by lawmakers Monday. That’s considerably less than the $62 million cut …


  • Idaho sets school budget with teacher-pay cuts

    Idaho’s public schools would see a $47 million funding cut next year, under a budget set by lawmakers today - considerably less than the $62 million cut lawmakers had been …


  • Idaho to refinance jobless debt to feds, saving employers $167M

    BOISE – Idaho employers will save $167 million in the next three years, thanks to new legislation this year that will finance the state’s unemployment fund debt to the federal …


  • Eye on Boise: Reform bill has good news for virtual charter schools

    BOISE – Among the little-noticed provisions of the complex, sweeping school reform bill that’s rocketing through the Idaho Legislature is one that would double-fund virtual charter schools for their existing …


  • Senate committee rejects gun bill

    BOISE – Idaho senators killed a bill to permit guns on the state’s college campuses Friday, after a hearing in which proponents of the measure said students who have concealed …


  • Idaho senators kill guns-on-campus bill

    Idaho senators killed the guns-on-campus bill Friday, after a two-hour hearing in which proponents of the measure said students who have concealed weapons permits aren’t “drunken frat boys who would …


  • Idaho school proposal advances

    BOISE – A controversial plan to shift millions in state funds from teacher salaries to technology purchases won narrow support in the Idaho Senate on Thursday, virtually ensuring the bill …


  • Idaho bill to block megaload suits amended

    BOISE – Idaho senators had sharp questions for the sponsor, Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, over his bill aimed at blocking lawsuits over highway megaloads, and after much debate, voted …


  • Idaho Senate passes school reform bill

    The Idaho Senate has voted 20-15 in favor SB 1184, the third bill in state schools Supt. Tom Luna’s “Students Come First” school reform package.


  • Senators to amend Rep. Harwood’s pro-megaloads bill

    Senators had sharp questions for Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, over his bill aimed at blocking lawsuits over highway megaloads, and after much debate, voted Thursday to substantially amend the …


  • Idaho Senate OKs higher ed cuts amid fiery debate

    The Idaho Senate has voted along party lines to approve a budget for the state’s colleges and universities for next year that includes further state funding cuts, pushing the schools …


  • Senate OKs bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy

    BOISE – The Idaho Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy on grounds of fetal pain, despite a state attorney general’s opinion warning that the …


  • Idaho moves to ban abortions after 20 weeks

    The Idaho Senate has voted 24-10 in favor of banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy on grounds of fetal pain, despite an attorney general’s opinion warning that the bill …


  • Idaho lawmaker drops hire-different-lawyers bill

    North Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri has withdrawn HB 278, his bill to have the Legislature set up its own “Office of Legislative Counsel” rather than seek advice from the Idaho …


  • Panel OK’s final school reform bill

    BOISE – An Idaho Senate committee approved state schools Superintendent Tom Luna’s final school reform bill on a 6-3 vote Tuesday, after representatives of Idaho school boards, administrators, teachers and …


  • Idaho Senate panel sides with Luna on reform

    Coeur d’Alene Sen. John Goedde claimed a victory Tuesday in the school-reform fight, as the Idaho Senate committee he chairs approved state schools Supt. Tom Luna’s final school reform bill …


  • Megaload suit bill heads to Senate

    BOISE – The Idaho Legislature is moving to block citizen lawsuits over megaloads on the state’s highways, with legislation clearing the House Monday to require a big up-front cash bond …


  • Idaho House moves to block anti-megaload lawsuits

    The Idaho House has voted 53-16 in favor of legislation from Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, seeking to block citizen lawsuits against giant megaloads like the big loads of oil …


  • Eye on Boise: Move afoot to rein in specialty license plates

    BOISE – New Idaho Senate Transportation Chairman Jim Hammond, R-Post Falls, thinks the state issues specialty license plates for too many themes and causes, so he’s proposing legislation to limit …


  • Lawmakers remake controversial education reform bill

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers unveiled a new version of school reform legislation Friday, and it’s a lot like the old version that stalled in the state Senate. It calls for …


  • Idaho Medicaid budget will grow

    BOISE – Idaho’s legislative budget-writers cut $108 million in services to the poor and disabled through the state’s Medicaid budget next year, although the program’s overall budget will grow substantially. …


  • Lawmakers unveil new Idaho school reform bill

    Idaho lawmakers unveiled the new version of school reform legislation Friday, and it’s a lot like the old version that stalled in the state Senate - it calls for phasing …


  • Idaho Medicaid budget set in party-line vote

    Splitting along party lines, legislative budget writers have set a budget for Idaho’s Medicaid program for next year that makes more than $34 million in cuts to services for the …


  • Idaho House votes to cut Medicaid

    A plan to slice $108 million out of Idaho’s Medicaid program, including trimming some health-care services for the disabled and poor, cleared the Idaho House today on a 56-14 vote.


  • Otter signs teacher contract, merit pay bills

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter quietly signed two controversial school reform bills into law today, removing most collective bargaining rights from Idaho teachers and imposing a teacher merit pay program.

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