Stories tagged: 2017 Idaho Legislature
UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 10:52 P.M.
Idaho House hijacks unemployment insurance tax cut bill to add on income tax cuts
Idaho House members hijacked the Senate-passed unemployment tax rate cut on Thursday and decided to amend it to add an income tax cut into the bill.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 10:51 P.M.
Bill threatening Idaho transit systems introduced, then killed
An influential Southern Idaho lawmaker introduced last-minute legislation Thursday that would have undermined regional transit authorities around the state, including CityLink in North Idaho, but by the end of the …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017, 5:30 P.M.
Idaho Senate approves school budget, sends it to Gov. Otter
A budget for Idaho’s public schools for next year that reflects 6.3 percent increase in funding cleared the Idaho Senate on a series of unanimous votes Wednesday, and headed to …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017, 4:51 P.M.
Idaho Senate backs grocery tax repeal, 25-10
Idaho would remove its 6 percent sales tax from groceries in June 2018, if legislation passed by the Idaho Senate on a decisive 25-10 vote Wednesday becomes law.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017, 11:50 A.M.
Idaho Senate votes 34-1 for 30% cut in unemployment tax for Idaho employers
The Idaho Senate has approved a major tax-cut bill for Idaho employers, passing SB 1195 on a 34-1 vote Wednesday to cut the unemployment premium tax rate that employers pay, …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 5:53 P.M.
Idaho House panel kills Senate-passed crime victim rights measure
After lengthy, stormy hearings that stretched over three days, an Idaho House panel on Tuesday killed
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 5:50 P.M.
Idaho Senate kills bill to repeal exemption on faith-healing parents who decline treatment of their children
BOISE – After two hours of passionate debate Tuesday, the Idaho Senate rejected a proposal allowing faith-healing parents to be civilly liable when their children die or suffer permanent injury …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 5:46 P.M.
Rep. Heather Scott fails in bid to cut budget for community colleges, including NIC
North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott tried hard Tuesday to derail the community college budget – a third of which goes to fund North Idaho College – arguing that it was …
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017, 10:20 P.M.
Idaho faith-healing bill roundly criticized, but squeaks out of Senate committee
Controversial faith-healing legislation narrowly cleared an Idaho Senate committee on Monday, after a hearing in which nearly everyone who spoke opposed it.
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017, 10:18 P.M.
Idaho Senate kills $10 million plan to pay for care for those who can’t afford insurance
A proposal to spend $10 million next year to provide health care to 15,000 of the most chronically ill members of Idaho’s health coverage gap population failed in the Idaho …
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017, 5:41 P.M.
Idaho House passes school budget with just handful of dissenters
The Idaho House passed all seven bills that make up the K-12 public schools budget on Monday with no debate and just a handful of “no” votes.
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017
Idaho lawmaker in the news: Luke Malek
Luke Malek Hometown: Coeur d’Alene
UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017, 11:09 P.M.
Eye on Boise: Idaho tax coffers to get a boost from Amazon deal; Otter opposes grocery tax repeal
With the news that Amazon will begin collecting state sales tax from Idaho shoppers starting on April 1, Idaho’s state general fund coffers stand to gain $15 million to $30 …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017, 11:07 P.M.
Idaho looks to take over former high-tech campus for new state office complex
Gov. Butch Otter says Idaho is seeking approval to negotiate the purchase of the HP Boise campus as “a new home for the Idaho State Tax Commission and several other …
THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017, 6:46 P.M.
Sweeping road-funding plan falls one vote short in Idaho Senate panel
A sweeping transportation funding bill calling for hundreds of millions in bonding, local-option taxes, funding shifts and an array of other moves to fix Idaho roads fell one vote short …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017, 11:07 P.M.
Idaho Senate debates, rejects Medicaid expansion
The Idaho Senate debated and rejected Medicaid expansion on Thursday, as Senate Democrats pushed the plan in an amendment.
UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 7:25 A.M.
In surprise action, Idaho Senate votes to repeal state’s 6% tax on groceries
In a showdown on the floor of the Idaho Senate, backers of removing the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries successfully held off a series of amendments proposed by …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017, 10:52 P.M.
Idaho House, Senate near compromise on tax cuts
A compromise is emerging between the Idaho House and the Senate on tax cuts, as lawmakers push to wrap up this year’s legislative session.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017, 10:51 P.M.
Idaho Senate panel kills new limit on early voting dates
House-passed legislation to that sought to limit early voting in Idaho was defeated Wednesday in a Senate committee.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017, 10:50 P.M.
Idaho Senate kills anti-motorcycle profiling bill that House had unanimously endorsed
Idaho’s anti-motorcycling bill, which had earlier passed the House unanimously, was defeated in the Senate today on a 13-22 vote, after some senators said it’d allow motorcycle gang members wearing …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017, 11:32 P.M.
Coeur d’Alene Sen. Mary Souza backs off bid to move school board votes to November general election
Coeur d’Alene Sen. Mary Souza pulled her controversial school elections bill on Tuesday, which would have moved school board elections to the November general election alongside presidential and congressional races.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017, 11:21 P.M.
Idaho state rep, on live open mic, says some of state’s teachers are ‘clearly overpaid’
When the Idaho House briefly went at ease on Tuesday, Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, was heard on an open mike saying, “We all know our districts. We know that there …
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017, 6:12 P.M.
Idaho bill to clamp down on special House elections advances
House-passed legislation to change Idaho’s procedure for special elections when an Idaho member of Congress leaves office mid-term – no such election has ever been held in Idaho history – …
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017, 6:16 P.M.
Notary law update sails through Idaho Senate panel
The Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee made relatively short work Monday of approving an update to the state’s notary public laws.
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017, 5:54 P.M.
Bill targeting ‘coal roalling’ fails in Idaho Senate
Bipartisan legislation died in the Idaho Senate on Monday to ban “coal rolling,” a process through which a diesel vehicle operator purposely modifies the vehicle in order to release big …
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017, 5:56 P.M.
Idaho senators kill massage therapy standards bill
With no debate, the Idaho Senate on Monday voted 14-20 against
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017, 10:38 P.M.
Idaho Senate backs higher passing speeds on two-lane highways
If Gov. Butch Otter signs on, Idahoans could go up to 15 mph over the speed limit while passing on a two-lane highway without risking a speeding ticket. The change …
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers wrap up state agency budget-setting, focus on education
The Legislature’s joint budget committee finished setting state agency budgets on Friday, appropriating more than $3.4 billion for next year, a 5.4 percent increase from this year’s budget.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
Idaho lawmaker in the news: Priscilla Giddings
Priscilla Giddings Hometown: White Bird, Idaho
UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017, 7:57 P.M.
Idaho Senate panel approves $10 million health gap bill
A $10 million program designed to provide some health care services to a small portion of those who fall into Idaho’s health coverage gap cleared a Senate committee on Thursday …