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Otter woos gun makers to set up shop in Idaho

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants more guns and ammo produced in his state. Otter, a Republican, has sent letters to 79 firearms makers and ammunition producers in 28 …


Otter signs as law limits on teachers

BOISE – Five months after Idaho voters resoundingly rejected laws limiting schoolteacher contract rights, Idaho lawmakers resurrected many of them. Gov. Butch Otter signed five controversial bills into law to …


Otter vetoes SB 1080 amid conflicts over bill’s funding

BOISE – Changes in Idaho law designed to make sure public corruption and open meeting law violations by county officials are adequately investigated have been vetoed by a governor who …


Funding spat leads to veto

Changes in Idaho law designed to make sure public corruption and open meeting law violations by county officials are adequately investigated have been vetoed by a governor who actually supports …


Gun laws make Idaho a haven for firearms supporters

BOISE – As the nation remains locked in debate over expanding background checks and other measures aimed at stemming gun violence, Idaho lawmakers this year pushed to expand the state’s …


Eye on Boise: Risch knows value of early campaign launch

BOISE – It’s more than a year before the primary election, but Idaho Sen. Jim Risch announced last week that he’ll seek re-election in 2014. “When I ran for this …


North Idaho strong in Legislature

BOISE – There was the freshman representative from Coeur d’Alene who led an insurrection among House GOP freshmen that changed the outcome of the session’s biggest issue: Gov. Butch Otter’s …


Idaho’s lawmakers pass budget, head home

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers adjourned their legislative session Thursday after 88 days, running nearly a week longer than planned amid a deadlock in the Senate over the budget for public …


Idaho wraps up 88-day legislative session

Idaho lawmakers adjourned their legislative session today after 88 days, running nearly a week longer than planned amid a deadlock in the Senate over the budget for public schools.


Idaho lawmakers have deal on new schools budget

BOISE – A new $1.3 billion Idaho public schools budget built by legislators this week is poised to pass a final vote today. The compromise version has been embraced by …


A week and much angst later, new Idaho school budget matches old one

Idaho lawmakers wrote a new public schools budget Wednesday, one that’s virtually identical to the $1.03 billion spending plan that was rejected by one vote in the Senate last week.


Idaho governor signs bill tightening initiative rules

BOISE – It soon will be tougher to get an initiative onto the Idaho ballot. Barely five months after Idaho voters took to the ballot box to scrap the Legislature’s …


Otter signs bill making ballot measures tougher in Idaho

Gov. Butch Otter has signed SB 1108 into law, the measure making it tougher to qualify an initiative or referendum measure for the Idaho ballot.


Idaho governor signs bill allowing extra-heavy trucks

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed legislation allowing extra-heavy trucks on nonfreeway routes statewide but says he wants the Idaho Transportation Department to hold public hearings and take …


Otter wants hearings before heavy trucks roll

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed legislation allowing extra-heavy trucks statewide, but says he wants the Idaho Transportation Department to hold public hearings and take other steps before designating any …


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers ready if city won’t go their way

BOISE – The state Legislature makes the laws, including the ones that say cities can govern local planning and zoning issues. “So if we give them the authority, we also …


Health worker protection bill fails

BOISE – Coeur d’Alene Rep. Luke Malek’s bill to make attacking a health care worker a felony – a measure requested in part by Kootenai Medical Center, which says violent …


Assault bill killed amid CdA lawmaker dispute

BOISE – Coeur d’Alene Rep. Luke Malek’s bill to make attacking a health care worker a felony — a measure requested in part by Kootenai Medical Center — was killed …


Idaho school budget rejected by one vote in Senate

BOISE – In a stunning move Wednesday, the Idaho Senate rejected the public school budget by one vote – sending lawmakers back to the drawing board and derailing plans to …


Idaho Senate OKs wolf fund

BOISE – The Senate voted 26-8 to divert money from a Department of Fish and Game hunter-access program to wolf control, an effort backed by the state’s livestock industry. Wednesday’s …


Idaho Senate kills school budget, derailing planned end to session

In a stunning and historic move today, the Idaho Senate defeated the public school budget by one vote – sending lawmakers back to the drawing board and derailing plans to …


Idaho private school tuition tax credits bill dies

BOISE – An Idaho Senate committee has killed legislation to grant $10 million a year in tax credits for donations for scholarships to private schools, a plan Coeur d’Alene Sen. …


Idaho Senate kills private school tax credits bill

BOISE – A bill to grant $10 million in tax credits to support scholarships in private schools was killed by an Idaho senate committee today.


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers hear of Medicaid expansion’s upside

BOISE – Idaho’s House and Senate Health and Welfare committees heard rather stunning figures Friday, including this one: A University of Idaho economist estimates that Idaho’s economy would get a …


Extra-heavy rigs to lumber on Idaho highways

BOISE – Extra-heavy trucks could roll on North Idaho highways under controversial legislation that passed the Idaho House on Friday and headed to the governor’s desk. The extra-heavy trucks – …


Idaho House passes statewide heavy-trucks bill

BOISE – Extra-heavy trucks could roll on North Idaho highways under controversial legislation that passed the Idaho House on Friday and headed to the governor’s desk.


Senate OKs Otter’s health insurance exchange proposal

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter won his biggest legislative victory in his seven years in office Thursday, persuading reluctant GOP lawmakers to approve his plan for a state-based health …


Otter wins exchange fight with Legislature

The Idaho Legislature has made it official – Gov. Butch Otter has won his biggest legislative victory in his seven years in office, persuading reluctant GOP lawmakers to approve his …


Tuition tax credits bill passes Idaho House

BOISE – The Idaho House narrowly approved a $10 million program to provide tax credits to businesses and individuals who fund scholarships for private and religious schools. Supporters say the …


Idaho House favors private school tax credits

The House voted 35-33 for a tax break for those who donate to private and religious school scholarships, saying it will promote school choice for parents who don’t think the …