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Idaho lawmakers focus on tax cuts, gun rights; leave health care unaddressed for another year

Idaho lawmakers have finished a jam-packed, 80-day legislative session that saw major tax cuts enacted and a $100 million boost to education funding, but also left unaddressed, for the sixth …


Eye on Boise: Idaho legislators take turns wearing Barbieri’s colorful necktie

Fourth-term Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, has tried to carry on a tradition passed down to him from former Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, of wearing a different tie each …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

‘Tireless’ North Idaho senator caps 22-year career as ‘consummate citizen-legislator’

The longest-serving female state senator in Idaho history closed out her final legislative session with pride in an array of specific accomplishments, but also with a key disappointment.


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 11:08 p.m.

Otter touts education improvements, tax cuts as lawmakers depart

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday put education improvements at the top of his list of accomplishments of this year’s just-concluded legislative session, the last one of his three terms …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Idaho Legislature wraps up 80-day legislative session without overriding Otter’s vetoes

The Idaho Legislature wrapped up an 80-day legislative session on Wednesday, opting at the end not to try to override a veto from Gov. Butch Otter, though lawmakers had remained …


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 8:12 p.m.

Idaho House fails to override Otter’s veto of teacher-evaluation bill

Idaho lawmakers failed to override Gov. Butch Otter’s first veto of the year on Tuesday, failing to even rally a majority of the House – let alone the required two-thirds …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

Otter signs 45 bills into law, vetoes one

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed 45 bills into law on Monday, including measures encouraging gun safety classes in Idaho schools; overhauling the state’s foster care laws; expanding suicide prevention education; …


Labrador equates Otter’s failed Idaho Health Care Plan with ‘Medicaid expansion’

Oddly, GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador sent out a statement last week headlined, “Labrador praises conservatives in the Idaho Legislature for rejecting Medicaid expansion,” saying of the Idaho Health Care …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

Idaho’s House rejects another health care bill, a day after dramatic showdown

House Democrats mounted a final effort to do something for at least some of those who fall into Idaho’s health coverage gap on Thursday, when Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Idaho’s legislative session to extend into next week

Plans for Idaho’s legislative session to wrap up this week went awry on Thursday, when the House Republican Caucus insisted it wants to extend the session for a full five …


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Otter lets ‘stand your ground’ law take effect, though he says it would OK shooting mischievous kids

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Wednesday allowed a “stand your ground” gun-rights bill to become law without his signature – though he said it would legally allow mischievous Idaho kids …


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Idaho health care gap bill once again pulled from House, despite tearful opposition

For the second time this year – and after six straight years of inaction – the Idaho House on Wednesday sent the governor’s health coverage gap bill back to committee, …


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

North Idaho lawmaker’s vote against NIC budget was a mistake – he’d meant to vote ‘yes’

Post Falls Rep. Don Cheatham didn’t realize until afterward that he’d accidentally voted against the North Idaho College budget in the House on Tuesday – he’d meant to vote yes.


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Lawmakers put early-reading test back into Idaho state budget

Idaho lawmakers have come up with a new budget for the state superintendent of schools that includes the statewide rollout next year of a new version of the state’s reading …


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 7:45 p.m.

Rep. Perry gets Otter’s health-gap coverage bill revived for possible full House vote

In a surprise move Monday, an Idaho House committee revived Gov. Butch Otter’s “Idaho Health Care Plan” proposal and sent the dual-waiver measure to the full House for debate.


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 7:53 p.m.

Idaho scholarship bill passes, in win for Otter

The Idaho House on Monday voted 37-32 in favor expanding Idaho’s Opportunity Scholarship program to also cover “adult completers” who are returning to school to finish their degrees – handing …


Eye on Boise: Amid confusion, House panel tries again to delete part of school science standards

Amid much confusion, the House Education Committee voted along party lines last week to introduce a concurrent resolution repeating its earlier call for deleting portions of Idaho’s proposed new school …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 5:16 p.m.

House kills Ybarra’s office budget amid dispute over new early-reading test

The Idaho House on Friday killed the budget bill for state Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra’s office for next year, amid dispute over plans to replace the state’s early …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

In wake of big student protest, Idaho Senate passes school-threats bill, 32-1

House Bill 665, which expands Idaho’s laws on violent threats against schools cleared the Idaho Senate Friday on an overwhelming 32-1 vote, with several senators citing the big student protest …


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Idaho’s health coverage gap still unaddressed as lawmakers push toward adjournment

Health care advocates rallied at the Idaho Capitol on Thursday, calling for lawmakers to take back up Gov. Butch Otter’s health coverage gap proposal, which was pulled from the House …


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Close to 2,000 students rally against gun violence at Idaho Capitol

Close to 2,000 people gathered on the Idaho Capitol steps to rally against gun violence on Wednesday – most of them high school and junior high students.


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 4:54 p.m.

Idaho House passes ‘stand your ground’ law, 57-12

Idaho lawmakers passed a “stand your ground” law on Tuesday that supporters said will simply write into law provisions that have existed in Idaho case law and jury instructions for …


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

Sen. Souza’s school board elections bill clears House, 50-18

Legislation to shift Idaho school board elections from May to November cleared the Idaho House on a 50-18 vote Tuesday and headed to the governor’s desk.


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 6:21 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers kill popular ‘pet-friendly’ license plate bill, then kill it again

Idaho lawmakers on Monday unexpectedly killed popular legislation to create a “pet-friendly” special license plate to benefit low-cost spay and neutering services in rural Idaho – and they killed it …


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 6:17 p.m.

Idaho House backs move to ease some mandatory minimum drug sentences

After a stormy debate, the Idaho House voted 46-20 on Monday to ease some of the state’s mandatory minimum drug sentences in cases where a judge finds imposing them would …


Eye on Boise: Denney gets a do-over on his budget

Eight days after a stunned Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said lawmakers had “gutted” his budget, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee did a re-do, and relented on providing $1.2 million …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 8:28 p.m.

School-safety bill passes House, as N. Idaho lawmakers split

Legislation to beef up Idaho’s laws on violent threats against schools and add possible felony charges passed the House on Friday on a 54-12 vote after much debate.


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

Two congressional hopefuls spar over drug sentencing laws in Idaho House committee

Two Idaho state representatives who are facing off in the GOP primary for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat went head-to-head over drug sentencing laws this week, as the House Judiciary …


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 6:20 p.m.

Idaho Senate kills dogs-in-cars rescue bill, passes kids-in-cars version

Lawmaker’s rejected a bill that would have afforded legal protection to people who break into hot cars to rescue dogs.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers squabble over Liquor Division budget, new stores

The Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee bogged down in a big way on Wednesday over the state Liquor Division budget, as Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, led an ultimately unsuccessful move …