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  • Idaho House OKs cut in personal property tax

    BOISE – The Idaho House voted 67-2 on Tuesday to eliminate the personal property tax on equipment for about 90 percent of Idaho businesses, favoring a plan by counties instead …


  • House approves cookie tax exemption

    BOISE – The Idaho House has voted 59-11 in favor of removing the state’s 6 percent sales tax on Girl Scout cookies. Idaho and Hawaii are the only states that …


  • Idaho House passes Girl Scouts cookie tax exemption

    BOISE – The Idaho House has voted 59-11 in favor of removing the state’s 6 percent sales tax from Girl Scout cookies.


  • Bill challenges Idaho tribal casinos

    BOISE – Gambling opponents in the Idaho Legislature launched a new attack Monday on tribal casinos in Idaho. Former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robert Bakes, a gambling opponent, introduced a …


  • Panel passes heavy-load bill

    BOISE – Legislation to open nonfreeway routes in Idaho to extra-heavy trucks passed a state House committee over the objections of the two North Idaho lawmakers. The bill now moves …


  • Idaho panel backs extra-heavy trucks statewide

    An Idaho House committee has approved legislation that could open any non-freeway route in the state to extra-heavy trucks of up to 129,000 pounds, over the objections of the two …


  • New bill targets tribal gaming in Idaho

    Gambling opponents launched a new attack on tribal casinos in Idaho on Monday on moral grounds, introducing legislation calling for a state-funded legal challenge, declaring tribal gaming machines unconstitutional and …


  • Eye on Boise: Private school tax break plan heads to House vote

    BOISE – Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, says he believes his bill to provide $10 million a year in tax credits for scholarships to private schools would prompt 2,622 Idaho …


  • Idaho lawmakers call for crackdown on TV indecency

    BOISE - Idaho legislators want the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on TV portrayals of premarital sex, including people joking about sex, lying in bed together or undressing.


  • Health exchange moves to Idaho Senate

    BOISE – North Idaho representatives split 7-7 late Wednesday as the Idaho House, after a feisty seven-hour debate, approved Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal for a state-based health insurance exchange on …


  • Idaho House backs Otter’s exchange

    North Idaho representatives split 7-7 late Wednesday, as the Idaho House, after a feisty seven-hour debate, approved Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal for a state-based health insurance exchange on a 41-29 …


  • Idaho X-ray tech bill not seeing light of day

    BOISE – Idaho is one of six states with no training or certification requirements for those who run X-rays on medical patients, from simple pictures to CT scans and other …


  • Idaho bill to license X-ray techs stalls

    Idaho is one of just six states with no training or certification requirements whatever for workers who run X-rays on patients, from simple pictures to CT scans and other complicated …


  • Initiative limits bill clears Idaho Senate

    BOISE – A bill making it tougher to put initiatives on the ballot cleared the Idaho Senate on Monday. Supporters of the legislation, which also apply to referenda, insist the …


  • Scouts persuade House panel to back cookie tax break

    Girl Scouts from age 9 to adult appealed to an Idaho House committee on Monday to lift the state’s sales tax from their annual cookie sale, and they won over …


  • Idaho Senate backs making ballot measures tougher

    The Idaho Senate voted today to make it tougher for initiatives or referenda to qualify for the state’s ballot, while saying repeatedly that the move had nothing to do with …


  • Eye on Boise: Universities get ‘small step’ toward deferred maintenance

    BOISE – At the start of this year’s session, Idaho’s legislative budget writers heard a report on deferred maintenance at the state’s public universities, complete with shocking pictures showing rotting …


  • Idaho Senate says yes to heavier trucks, more routes

    BOISE – Any route in Idaho other than interstate freeways would potentially be fair game for extra-heavy trucks under legislation that passed the Idaho Senate on Wednesday. Numerous North Idaho …


  • Senate backs opening North Idaho routes to heavy trucks

    Any route in Idaho – other than interstate freeways – would potentially be fair game for extra-heavy trucks, under legislation that passed the Idaho Senate on Wednesday on a 22-13 …


  • Panel backs restoring teacher pay

    BOISE – Idaho would restore cuts to state funding for teacher salaries made over the past three years under a public schools budget set Monday by a legislative committee. Five …


  • Idaho may restore some teacher pay cuts

    Teachers stand to see wages bolstered under a plan approved Monday by legislative budget writers who favored unwinding a 2-year-old freeze on the system that helps set their pay, as …


  • Eye on Boise: Federal cuts get panel’s attention

    BOISE – A blizzard of numbers was presented to legislative budget writers Friday on the potential impact of the federal sequestration cuts on the state. Overall, it showed a potential …


  • Extra-big trucks get approval of panel

    BOISE – Despite opposition from numerous North Idaho elected officials, an Idaho Senate committee on Thursday narrowly approved legislation to allow extra-heavy trucks on roads statewide. Under the bill, proposed …


  • Idaho looks at allowing extra-heavy trucks up north

    Over opposition from numerous North Idaho elected officials, an Idaho Senate committee on Thursday narrowly approved legislation to allow extra-heavy trucks – up to 129,000 pounds – statewide.


  • 12-year-old wins support for Idaho amphibian proposal

    BOISE – An Idaho House committee was bowled over Wednesday by one of the most persuasive pitches for a bill so far this legislative session – and it came from …


  • Sixth-grader pitches new Idaho state amphibian

    An Idaho House committee was bowled over today by one of the most persuasive pitches for a bill so far this legislative session – and it came from a 12-year-old.


  • Charter school funding moves along to House

    BOISE – Idaho would help out charter schools with their building costs under legislation that cleared a House committee Tuesday, but it would come at the expense of the state’s …


  • Idaho mulls funding building costs for charter schools

    Idaho would help out charter schools with their building costs under legislation that cleared a House committee Tuesday, but it would come at the expense of the state’s other schools.


  • Idaho bill would ban any legal marijuana

    BOISE – Idaho senators voted along party lines Monday to declare that their state should never legalize marijuana for any purpose, but rejected another measure calling for a federal crackdown …


  • Kootenai Medical Center says worker attacks rising

    BOISE – Kootenai Medical Center says its workers are being violently assaulted more frequently – to the point that the Coeur d’Alene hospital wants to make any attack on a …


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