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Idaho Supreme Court rejects Otter veto; ‘instant racing’ machines banned

Slot machine-like “instant racing” machines operating at three Idaho locations – including the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls – are illegal, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Lawmakers …


Telemedicine sanction in Idaho clouds doctor’s future

Dr. Ann DeJong has had to sell her house in Wisconsin and is $200,000 in debt. Now her medical career is in jeopardy, all because she was sanctioned by Idaho …


Idaho gas tax referendum misses signature gathering deadline

BOISE – A North Idaho retiree’s push to force voter consideration of a 7-cent gas tax increase approved by the Legislature has fallen far short. Alan Littlejohn of Athol needed …


Coeur d’Alene Tribe sues over instant racing ban veto

BOISE – The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is asking the Idaho Supreme Court to declare Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of a bill banning instant racing invalid. The lawsuit, filed directly with …


Eye on Boise: ITD picks road projects funded by tax, fee increases

The Idaho Transportation Board has selected 27 projects, totaling $46.8 million, to complete in 2016 with funding from the recently approved gas tax and registration fee increases. All involve either …


Eye on Boise: Jerky quip earns an Oberto sampler

Oberto Brands in Seattle, manufacturer of beef jerky, is planning to send Idaho Rep. Heather Scott a case of beef jerky. The company noticed a post on Eye on Boise …


Idaho Gov. Otter signs child support legislation

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed newly passed child support enforcement legislation into law Tuesday and praised lawmakers who overwhelmingly passed the bill in a one-day special session Monday. …


Idaho lawmakers pass child support bill

BOISE – The Idaho Legislature passed a new version of a bill to keep the state’s child support enforcement system in operation. Though most of North Idaho’s lawmakers voted no …


Solving the puzzle of lawmakers’ differing airfares

Perhaps the most puzzling part of the Associated Press report last week that showed two North Idaho lawmakers were the biggest spenders on travel during the most recent legislative session …


Eye on Boise: Bipartisan panel picked Idaho’s last federal district judge

With all the questions being raised about the secret selection process Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo are using to vet candidates for the state’s next U.S. District judge, …


CdA Tribe: Gov. Otter’s veto delay made racing repeal bill law

BOISE – The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has delivered a six-page legal demand letter to Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney, asking him to certify the instant racing repeal bill as …


Otter calls special session for Idaho’s child support crisis

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter called a special session of the Legislature on Wednesday, his first in his three terms as governor. Otter is ordering lawmakers back to Boise …


Eye on Boise: Gatherings give opposite sentiments on Islam

Two different views of Islam were on display on a single day last week in Idaho, more than 400 miles apart. At one, more than 100 people gathered at the …


Luna still on Idaho payroll at salary of $95,202

BOISE – Despite embattled former Idaho Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna’s announced resignation, she remains on the department’s payroll at the same salary and a new title. State records …


Idaho lawmakers honor Sen. Shawn Keough’s milestone

BOISE – One North Idaho senator got a surprise on the final night of the legislative session – she was honored for becoming the longest-serving female senator in the history …


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers want no credit for representative’s editorial

A brouhaha over the child support enforcement bill killed on the final day of this year’s Idaho legislative session is dividing the House GOP. First, Former Rep. Cindy Agidius, communications …


Accomplishments, or not, of Idaho legislative session

BOISE – By the end of Idaho’s legislative session, lawmakers had reversed years of bitter dissension over school reform and passed a $125 million, five-year plan to boost teacher pay; …


Shawn Vestal: Imaginary crisis averted, Idaho’s real kids suffer

Give credit to the Idaho Nine. They were accidentally right about one thing: A group of extremists is threatening the state’s security and future. It’s them.


Otter considers special session to ensure child support payments

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter declared Idaho’s just-concluded legislative session “incomplete” on Thursday and indicated he’s laying the groundwork to call lawmakers back for a special session to address a …


Idaho child support system at risk

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is expected to announce today whether he’ll call lawmakers back to Boise for a special session to address a crisis in the state’s child …


Board slows Idaho tuition hikes

Idaho’s state Board of Education on Wednesday approved the lowest tuition increases for the state’s four-year colleges and universities in the last 15 years. At the University of Idaho, for …


Idaho officials concerned about child support funds

BOISE – Idaho is at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal child support funding after conservatives in the Legislature killed a measure that would have brought the state …


Eye on Boise: Session’s closing brings poetic inspiration

After two days of hot-and-heavy conference committee negotiations, lots of waiting around and plenty of uncertainty, Idaho’s legislative session lurched to something of a climax on Friday. Lawmakers and legislative …


Idaho roads deal reached; child-support enforcement in jeopardy

BOISE – In a tumultuous final day that ran long into the night, Idaho lawmakers on Friday brokered a transportation funding compromise that satisfied no one and killed critical child-support …


Idaho legislative session: “A bucket of worms”

BOISE – In a tumultuous final day that ran long into the night, Idaho lawmakers on Friday brokered a transportation funding compromise that satisfied no one and killed critical child-support …


Idaho House approves increase in grocery tax credit

BOISE – The Idaho House has overwhelmingly approved a plan to increase Idaho’s grocery tax credit by $10 per person. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee introduced the plan Thursday …


Pension perk bill dies in Idaho Senate

BOISE – Legislation to end a special retirement perk for Idaho state lawmakers who take high-paying state jobs late in their careers has died without a hearing in a Senate …


Idaho House, Senate at ‘impasse’ over transportation funding

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers worked into the evening Wednesday, but agreement on transportation funding eluded them. This morning, appointees from the state House and Senate will gather in a rare …


Idaho Senate approves gas tax increase

BOISE – Idaho senators passed a phased-in 10-cent increase in the gas tax Tuesday as part of a road funding plan that’s significantly higher than what the House approved earlier …


UPDATED: Tue., April 7, 2015, 5:35 p.m.

Idaho Senate turns $20M road bill into $127M, phased-in plan

Idaho senators took a $20 million road-funding bill from the House on Tuesday and turned it into a phased-in, $127 million plan, in hopes of wrapping up a legislative session …