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Here’s who can carry a concealed gun in Idaho starting Friday

Starting Friday, Idaho will become the eighth state in the nation to allow most residents age 21 or older to carry concealed guns without a permit – even inside cities, …


Otter vetoes Bible-in-schools bill for fear of ‘costly litigation’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a Bible-in-schools bill on Tuesday, saying it violates the Idaho Constitution and could result in “costly litigation for Idaho public schools.”


Shawn Vestal: ‘Little Supreme Court’ in legislator’s head a symptom of a wider malady

The little Supreme Court in Sage Dixon’s head is an emblem for our times: Nobody has to believe anything they don’t want to, and everybody has a source of information …


Otter: No special session on health care, will work with lawmakers for next year

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he was “a little disappointed” state lawmakers took no action to close the state’s health coverage gap, but said he won’t call a …


Idaho legislature addressed some longstanding issues but didn’t close the health care gap

Idaho lawmakers addressed an array of long-festering issues in the legislative session they wrapped up Friday, from a constitutionally deficient public defense system to firefighters’ job-related cancer risk to suicide …


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers ante up for arts, after first killing budget

BOISE – After the Idaho House earlier had earlier rejected the budget for the Idaho Commission on the Arts in an unrelated dispute, it voted 51-17 on Thursday in favor …


Idaho lawmakers adjourn without addressing health care coverage gap

The Idaho House shot down a health care bill on a party-line vote Friday and adjourned, leaving the state’s health care coverage gap unaddressed for another year.


Health coverage gap dominates final days of Idaho legislative session

There were dramatic developments in the Idaho Legislature on what had been scheduled to be the session’s last day Thursday, as a Senate panel rejected a House bill to spend …


Idaho House approves funding for North Idaho conservation easement

Despite strenuous arguments against it from North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott, the Idaho House voted 48-21 on Thursday to approve funding for a major conservation easement sought by Stimson Lumber …


Budget panel backs North Idaho conservation easement

The Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee voted overwhelmingly in favor Wednesday of funding for the Clagstone Meadows conservation easement in North Idaho, after Bonner County commissioners rescinded a March 11 …


Combo bill of hybrid fee repeal, ISP funding phaseout revived, sent to House

House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer’s plan to tie repeal of an unpopular $75 annual fee on hybrid cars to a five-year phaseout of funding for the Idaho State Police from …


Idaho Gov. Butch Otter lets bill forbidding local minimum wage hikes become law without his signature

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has allowed legislation forbidding local voters, cities or counties from raising the minimum wage to become law without his signature, saying he was “philosophically torn” over …


Repeal of Idaho’s fee on hybrid cars may be dead

Legislation to repeal an unpopular $75 annual fee on hybrid vehicles that Idaho lawmakers passed last year may be dead for this year, unless House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer belatedly …


Idaho lawmakers pass Bible-in-schools bill, dismiss constitutional questions

Legislation saying the use of the Bible as a reference in Idaho’s public schools is “expressly permitted” passed the Idaho House on Monday and headed to the governor’s desk, though …


Idaho House overwhelmingly OKs school budget, though Barbieri worries taxpayers can’t afford it

A public school budget that makes way for a 7.4 percent funding increase passed the Idaho House overwhelmingly on Monday, though one North Idaho lawmaker voted against all seven pieces …


Eye on Boise: Lawmaker’s anti-Sharia bill draws fire

North Idaho Rep. Eric Redman’s anti-Sharia law bill drew lots of negative comments at a public hearing last week; it’s now awaiting amendments and its fate is uncertain.


Otter signs bill to cap homeowner’s exemption

Without comment, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed into law


Idaho senator will give up state-paid health insurance until Legislature provides coverage for others

Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician who’s ardently advocated for expanding Idaho’s Medicaid program, announced Thursday that he’s giving up his state-paid health insurance because the state provides no coverage …


Idaho free-ultrasound bill wins final approval, goes to governor

After much debate, the Idaho Senate on Thursday approved legislation to require women seeking abortions to be provided with a state-compiled list of providers who will give them free ultrasounds, …


Idaho Senate approves bill on concealed carry permits

Idahoans 21 or older wouldn’t need a permit to carry a concealed gun inside city limits in the state, under legislation that passed the Senate Wednesday on a 27-8 vote.


Idaho lawmakers forbid local regulations on plastic bags, other containers

Cities and counties in Idaho would be forbidden from having any local regulations or taxes on plastic grocery bags or other “auxiliary containers,” under legislation that’s now passed both houses …


Idaho lawmakers want to forbid homeowner groups from blocking AirBnB rentals

Homeowner’s associations in Idaho couldn’t restrict owners from renting their property on a short-term basis for “AirBnB” or other types of short-term rentals unless they already had the restriction when …


Idaho Senate panel backs permitless concealed-carry gun bill

New legislation to let Idahoans age 21 or over carry concealed guns without permits inside city limits cleared a Senate committee Monday on a 6-3 vote.


Eye on Boise: Democrats make statement by rejecting art budget

As the Idaho Legislature lurches toward what are supposed to be the final two weeks of this year’s session, an unexpected bump came late last week when the House killed …


Idaho House backs firefighters cancer coverage bill, after years of attempts

More than two dozen firefighters filled public gallery of the Idaho House on Friday as state representatives voted 65-3 in favor of Coeur d’Alene Rep. Luke Malek’s bill to change …


Abortion ultrasound bill headed to Idaho Senate

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho Senate panel has advanced legislation requiring abortion providers to give women information on accessing free ultrasound services.


Idaho Senate passes bill to limit homeowner’s exemption

Idaho’s long-prized homeowner’s exemption from property tax would lose its inflation index, under legislation that won final passage in the state Senate late Tuesday and now heads to the governor’s …


Idaho lawmakers back spending another $400,000 to shoot problem wolves

Idaho lawmakers on Tuesday backed another $400,000 expenditure of state general tax funds next year to kill problem wolves – the third straight year of such expenditures – even though …


North Idaho College could offer four-year computer science degree

Students at North Idaho College who now can earn only a two-year associate’s degree in computer science would be able to go on to earn an integrated, four-year bachelor’s degree …


Eye on Boise: Idaho Supreme Court slams ‘corrupted’ broadband project

Eye on Boise column for Sunday