Stories tagged: 2012 Idaho Legislature
Sun., Feb. 5, 2012
Eye on Boise: E-cigarette bill opponent saw smoke, mirrors
BOISE – A St. Maries legislator raised fears about a “nanny state” when the Idaho House considered legislation this week to ban the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to children, but …
Sat., Feb. 4, 2012
Nonini solo cigarette smoker in Statehouse
BOISE – Standing outside the Capitol on a brisk January afternoon, Rep. Bob Nonini cups his hand deftly to shelter a cigarette – not from the wind, but from a …
Fri., Feb. 3, 2012
Higher speed limit won’t advance
BOISE – On a 5-4 vote, an Idaho Senate committee Thursday killed legislation to allow big trucks to drive 75 mph on the state’s freeways, just like cars. Senate Transportation …
Fri., Feb. 3, 2012
Hammond says he won’t run for Senate re-election
BOISE – Sen. Jim Hammond won’t seek a fourth term in the Idaho state Senate and instead will apply for the upcoming opening for president at North Idaho College, along …
Fri., Feb. 3, 2012
Panel rejects expanded college boards
BOISE – Idaho’s three community colleges strongly oppose legislation that would expand their boards of directors and impose new residency rules on the additional members. After hearing from representatives of …
Thu., Feb. 2, 2012, 3:11 p.m.
Idaho decides not to let trucks drive 75 mph
On a 5-4 vote, an Idaho Senate committee has killed legislation to allow big trucks to drive 75 mph on the state’s freeways, just like cars.
Thu., Feb. 2, 2012, 2:33 p.m.
CdA Sen. Hammond won’t seek fourth term
Sen. Jim Hammond won’t seek a fourth term in the state Senate, and instead will apply for the upcoming opening for president at North Idaho College, along with looking at …
Thu., Feb. 2, 2012, 12:13 p.m.
Idaho kills NIC board-expansion bill
All three of Idaho’s community colleges strongly opposed legislation designed to expand their boards and impose new residency rules on the additional members, and after hearing from them Thursday, the …
Thu., Feb. 2, 2012, 10:54 a.m.
Idaho House OKs e-cig ban for kids
The Idaho House has voted unanimously, 68-0, in favor of HB 405, to ban the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to minors, but only after much debate and strong opposition from …
Thu., Feb. 2, 2012, 10:27 a.m.
N. Idaho senator pushes 2/3 approval for tax hikes
North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick wants Idaho to enact a constitutional amendment to require two-thirds votes in both the House and Senate to pass any tax or fee increase.
Thu., Feb. 2, 2012
Idaho Rep. Henderson, 89, pushes economic development
BOISE – Idaho Rep. Frank Henderson, who at 89 is the oldest member of the Idaho Legislature, is pushing legislation this year he says will directly create dozens of jobs …
Wed., Feb. 1, 2012, 9:47 a.m.
Idaho senators to amend anti-Occupy bill
A key Idaho Senate committee has voted to amend the bill to evict the Occupy Boise encampment from state-owned property across from the Idaho Capitol, with likely amendments including removing …
Tue., Jan. 31, 2012, 1:53 p.m.
North Idaho senator pushes ‘simple’ texting ban
At the urging of its chairman, Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, the Senate Transportation Committee today voted unanimously to introduce legislation to ban texting while driving, making it an infraction.
Tue., Jan. 31, 2012
Idaho House votes to ask for third federal judge
BOISE – Idaho’s House of Representatives agreed Monday to ask Congress for a long-needed third federal judge, but only after some Republican members said they wouldn’t support asking a Democratic …
Mon., Jan. 30, 2012, 3:27 p.m.
Idaho bill would ban e-cigarettes for kids
Current Idaho law bans tobacco products from being sold to children, but doesn’t cover a new product called “e-cigarettes,” electronic cigarettes that contain no tobacco, but instead allow users to …
Mon., Jan. 30, 2012, 2:09 p.m.
Idaho GOPers don’t want Obama appointing new fed judge
The Idaho House has passed HJM 4, a non-binding memorial calling on Congress to add a third federal judge in Idaho, but only by a 47-21 vote and after objections …
Sun., Jan. 29, 2012
Eye on Boise: Deadline’s too tight to get health insurance exchange set up, Otter says
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told the Idaho Press Club last week that he’s all but given up on establishing a state-run health insurance exchange, unless the federal government …
Sat., Jan. 28, 2012
Idaho redistricting commission adopts new plan
BOISE – After just two days of deliberations, Idaho’s citizen redistricting commission adopted a new legislative district plan late Friday – one that doesn’t land North Idaho Sens. Shawn Keough, …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2012
Vote expected Monday on lake level
Folks who live on North Idaho’s Cocolalla Lake, fish its waters and enjoy its seasons feel strongly about protecting its peaceful waters, year in and year out. They’ve mobilized to …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2012
Idaho schools chief has plan to offset teacher pay cuts
BOISE – Idaho public schools chief Tom Luna told lawmakers Thursday he wants to offset a planned $19 million reduction in Idaho teacher pay and benefits next year using projected …
Thu., Jan. 26, 2012, 3:50 p.m.
Idaho schools chief pitches budget plan, reforms
Idaho public schools chief Tom Luna told lawmakers Thursday he wants to offset a planned $19 million reduction in Idaho teacher pay and benefits next year using projected state revenue …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2012
Bell makes NIC budget pitch in Boise
BOISE – North Idaho College has seen its funding burden shift more and more to its students as government spending falls and tuition and fees climb, college President Priscilla Bell …
Tue., Jan. 24, 2012, 11:57 a.m.
NIC’s funding burden shifting to students
North Idaho College has seen its funding burden shift more and more to its students, college President Priscilla Bell told Idaho lawmakers today.
Tue., Jan. 24, 2012
ID Republican group seeks to privatize liquor sales
BOISE – An offshoot of one of Kootenai County’s numerous Republican clubs filed a statewide initiative Monday to privatize liquor sales in Idaho. The move is separate from one that …
Mon., Jan. 23, 2012, 4:40 p.m.
North Idaho GOP club files liquor privatization initiative
An offshoot of one of Kootenai County’s numerous Republican clubs filed a statewide initiative Monday to privatize liquor sales in Idaho. The move is separate from one that had been …
Sun., Jan. 22, 2012
Eye on Boise: Medicaid cuts’ impact coming clear
BOISE – Idaho’s former state chief economist Mike Ferguson estimates that the $35 million in state funds cut from Medicaid this year – which with federal matching funds adds up …
Thu., Jan. 19, 2012, 9:03 a.m.
Bill would delay Idaho’s primary from May to August
Idaho lawmakers on the House State Affairs Committee voted unanimously this morning to introduce two bills dealing with this year’s primary election: One from committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, to …
Thu., Jan. 19, 2012
Idaho high court overturns redistricting, may delay primary
BOISE – Idaho’s Supreme Court overturned the state’s new legislative redistricting plan Wednesday, ordering a citizen commission back to work and throwing into doubt the state’s schedule for its May …
Wed., Jan. 18, 2012, 9:07 a.m.
Lawmakers want Occupy Boise encampment gone
With nearly two dozen Occupy Boise supporters quietly looking on, Idaho’s House State Affairs Committee voted 15-1 this morning to introduce legislation to ban camping on the Capitol Mall or …
Wed., Jan. 18, 2012
Idaho bill calls for speed-limit change
BOISE – Big trucks could drive 75 mph on Idaho’s freeways, just like cars, under legislation introduced in the state Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday at the behest of its chairman, …