Stories tagged: 2012 Idaho Legislature
MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2012, 3:57 P.M.
Idaho rep’s parking meter bill came after son’s car towed
Idaho’s House transportation chairman, who successfully pushed a bill through the House last week to shut off parking meters around the state Capitol during legislative sessions, didn’t disclose that his …
MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2012, 10:53 A.M.
Pre-abortion ultrasound bill introduced in Idaho
Controversial anti-abortion legislation that caused a brouhaha before being withdrawn in Virginia was introduced in Idaho today, to require an ultrasound before any Idaho woman could have an abortion.
MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2012, 9:59 A.M.
Judge blocks tent removal at Occupy Boise site
A federal judge has enjoined the state of Idaho from removing tents from the Occupy Boise encampment across from the state Capitol at 5 p.m. today as planned. “Occupy Boise’s …
SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2012, 7:23 A.M.
Field reports: Colville withdraws OHV travel plan
PUBLIC LANDS – Colville National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West has withdrawn the South End Motor Vehicle Project enacted in November after years of planning to guide off-highway vehicle use. …
SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2012
Eye on Boise: Aging state equipment enters ‘duct tape’ stage
BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter’s state budget recommendation calls for zero funding for capital replacement items, but lawmakers are concerned that some equipment replacement needs are too critical to continue …
FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2012
Harwood won’t seek new term in House
BOISE – Six-term Idaho Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, has decided to end his 12-year legislative career after this year. “I’m not going to run,” Harwood said Thursday. “My wife’s …
FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2012
Bill would shut off parking meters
BOISE – The Idaho House voted 41-27 Thursday to shut off parking meters around the state Capitol during legislative sessions, over the objections of the city of Boise and an …
THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2012, 4:18 P.M.
Idaho Rep. Harwood won’t seek re-election
Six-term Idaho Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, has decided to end his 12-year legislative career after this year.
THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2012, 10:46 A.M.
Idaho House votes to shut off Capitol parking meters
The Idaho House has voted 41-27 to shut off the parking meters around the state Capitol during legislative sessions, over the objections of the city of Boise and an array …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2012, 4:03 P.M.
Idaho Senate leader resigns amid sex harassment charges
Republican Sen. John McGee resigned from the Idaho Legislature on Wednesday amid allegations of sexual harassment involving a female senate aide, capping a political free-fall that began last year with …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2012
Ban on texting while driving OK’d
BOISE – The Idaho Senate has voted 29-6 in favor of banning texting while driving, sending the bill to the House. “I have to admit, I’ve done it, and I …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2012
Bill calls for allowing gold, silver coins to be used as currency
BOISE – An Idaho House committee voted Tuesday to introduce legislation from Rep. Phil Hart to let Idahoans use gold and silver coins at face value as “legal tender” and …
TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012, 2:27 P.M.
Rep. Hart pushes gold coins as ‘legal tender’
An Idaho House committee voted today to introduce a new version of Rep. Phil Hart’s gold and silver currency bill, which declares that Idahoans may use gold and silver coins …
TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012, 11:21 A.M.
Idaho Senate backs texting-while-driving ban
The Idaho Senate has voted 29-6 in favor of banning texting while driving in the state, making it an infraction; the bill now moves to the House.
TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012
Idaho bill would restrict tanning beds to adults
BOISE – Tanning beds soon may be off limits to kids in Idaho. After two days of emotional testimony from melanoma survivors and dermatologists, a state House committee Monday approved …
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2012, 3:46 P.M.
Idaho lawmakers look to ban kids from tanning beds
After two days of emotional testimony from melanoma survivors and dermatologists, an Idaho House committee today approved legislation to ban minors from using tanning beds in the state.
SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2012
State workers may get 2 percent raise
BOISE – After four years without funding raises for state employees, the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee voted Friday to give 2 percent raises next year to every permanent state …
FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2012
Ethics commission group almost done with research
BOISE – When Mitch Toryanski was a West Point cadet, the definition of ethics was clear: A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do. The penalty …
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2012, 10:37 A.M.
Idaho lawmakers grapple with ethics reforms
When Idaho Sen. Mitch Toryanski was a West Point cadet, the definition of ethics was clear: A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do. The penalty …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012
EPA will slash CdA River Basin cleanup plan
BOISE – The proposed $1.3 billion Superfund cleanup of a century of mining contamination in North Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene River Basin is being scaled back significantly, Idaho lawmakers were told …
TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2012, 4:18 P.M.
CdA Basin cleanup scaled back dramatically
The proposed $1.3 billion Superfund cleanup of a century of mining contamination in North Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Basin is being scaled back significantly, Idaho lawmakers were told Tuesday. Instead of …
TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2012, 10:26 A.M.
Idaho considers felony animal cruelty law
Idaho is one step closer to ending its distinction as one of just three states with no felony penalties for animal cruelty. Legislation making a third offense of intentional and …
TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2012
Blue heeler can’t fetch Idaho votes
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers have voted down a bill to declare the blue heeler the official state dog. State Rep. JoAn Wood, R-Rigby, proposed the bill, but the House State …
MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012, 9:36 A.M.
Idaho rejects blue heeler as state dog
Idaho lawmakers have voted down a bill to declare the blue heeler the official state dog.
SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2012
Eye on Boise: Bill would eliminate regulation of farm product sales
BOISE - Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, is proposing an “Idaho Farm Freedom Act” that would exempt from any licensing, certification or inspection requirement the sale of farm products at farmers …
SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2012
Idaho senators reject protections for gays
BOISE – Efforts to prohibit employment and housing discrimination against gay people in Idaho were rejected Friday by a state Senate committee as a shocked crowd of more than 250 …
FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2012, 8:43 A.M.
Idaho rejects anti-discrimination law for gays
An Idaho Senate committee today, on a party-line vote, rejected legislation to ban housing and employment discrimination against gay people, as a shocked crowd of more than 250 supporters of …
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012
Sali seeks new license plates that include ‘In God We Trust’
BOISE – Former Idaho U.S. Rep. Bill Sali persuaded an Idaho House committee Wednesday to introduce a bill to fund his new nonprofit organization, the “American Heritage Foundation,” through a …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2012, 1:53 P.M.
Former Idaho rep’s bill would fund his new nonprofit
Former Idaho Congressman Bill Sali persuaded an Idaho House committee today to introduce a bill to fund his new nonprofit organization, the “American Heritage Foundation,” through a new specialty license …
MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2012, 11:59 A.M.
Lawmaker wants to boot EPA out of Silver Valley
An Idaho lawmaker says the Silver Valley is clean enough, and she wants the EPA to end its Coeur d’Alene Basin cleanup, rescind its Superfund designation and get out of …