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Idaho governor: Inmates won’t be housed in barracks

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s office announced Monday the state won’t house and jail inmates in National Guard barracks despite being asked to consider the option by top correction officials facing …


Otter, JFAC clash over governor’s proposed delay in re-bidding state employee insurance contract

Members of the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee are steamed at Gov. Butch Otter for deciding the state should wait a year to re-bid its state employee health insurance contract, …


Idaho Supreme Court OKs delaying water battle arguments

The Idaho Supreme Court will postpone arguments surrounding a key water battle to allow parties on both sides of the case to discuss a possible settlement.


Northern Idaho judge appointed to state’s high court

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed 2nd District Judge John Stegner of Moscow to the Idaho Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Idaho OKs Bogus Basin ski area plan involving snowmaking

Idaho on Tuesday approved a plan by Bogus Basin Recreation Association officials that involves building a water-storage dam and putting in underground pipes to make artificial snow for consistent pre-Christmas …


UPDATED: Sun., April 15, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

Idaho governor pardons former drug offender

Gov. Butch Otter has pardoned an Idaho drug offender whose methamphetamine and heroin use led him to prison but has since been able to get his life back on track.


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; …


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: 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: Thu., March 8, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

Trump administration tells Idaho ‘no’ on non-ACA compliant health insurance plans

The Trump administration sent a letter to Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday turning thumbs-down on his proposal to allow the sale of health insurance plans in Idaho that aren’t …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Senate panel vacates vote used to kill marijuana oil bill

An Idaho Senate panel on Tuesday vacated a decision that halted a proposal to legalize oil extracted from cannabis plants because it was held after an open meeting violation.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

Otter’s health coverage gap bill pulled

Gov. Butch Otter’s dual-waiver Idaho Health Care Plan was pulled from the Idaho House on Tuesday without a vote and sent back to committee, a dramatic defeat for Otter and …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 4:14 p.m.

Eye on Boise: Otter welcomes debate over competing tax-cut bills

Two alternative tax-cut plans – competing with Gov. Butch Otter’s big income tax-cut proposal, which already has passed the House – were introduced in the Idaho Legislature last week, and …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

Murray, Otter in war of words over Idaho’s health insurance move

Washington Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday criticized Idaho’s decision to allow the sale of health insurance plans that don’t comply with Obamacare rules as “illegal Idaho junk plans,” prompting Idaho …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 6:08 p.m.

Otter admits lawmakers not backing his higher ed CEO plan

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter appears to be conceding that lawmakers won’t back his proposal for a new higher education CEO this year.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Lawmakers question tax commissioner nominee over marriage

Idaho lawmakers took turns grilling a newly appointed state tax commissioner over concerns surrounding her marriage to one of the Legislature’s most vocal tax cut proponents.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 5:22 p.m.

Otter signs first bill, cutting taxes for Idaho employers

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed the first bill of the year into law – the unemployment insurance tax cut for Idaho employers.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 9 p.m.

Otter, Little hit road to promote new, cheaper health insurance option

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little have hit the road to promote their executive order asking Idaho insurers to offer cheaper plans that don’t comply with all …


Eye on Boise: Otter’s higher ed CEO proposal gets rocky reception in Legislature

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal to add a high-paid new CEO of higher education next year to oversee consolidating business functions among the state’s universities drew heavy flak in the …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 4:27 p.m.

Idaho wolf control board seeks another $400K next year to kill problem wolves

A state board charged with contracting to have problem wolves killed asked state lawmakers for another $400,000 on Friday, though the board has received that amount from the state each …


Idaho board approves creation of chief education officer

The State Board of Education is supporting the formation of a chief education officer position to help consolidate back office operations in Idaho’s public community colleges and universities.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 4:50 p.m.

Lawmakers fill $27M budget hole after drafting error last year

Faced with a $27.5 million hole in their transportation budget after a drafting error, Idaho legislative budget writers on Thursday filled the gap with two unanimous votes, even adding interest.


Otter gives Idaho Medal of Achievement to Marilyn Shuler

Gov. Butch Otter has announced that the 2018 Idaho Medal of Achievement, the state’s highest award, is being given to late Marilyn Shuler, the longtime chair of the Idaho Human …


Eye on Boise: After legislative drafting error, governor declined to transfer $27.5 million to road projects

When lawmakers started delving into the budget proposal that Gov. Butch Otter has made for next year, they got a surprise: Though they passed a bill last year to split …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Ahlquist: $100M promise may not result in Idaho budget cut

Idaho Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist said this week his campaign promise to cut $100 million in 100 days if elected may not result in a reduction to the state …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

Surveys show Idaho state pay still lags, but some lawmakers question the data

Idaho hasn’t lost any more ground, but its state employee compensation remains far below market rates, despite 3 percent merit raises approved last year, state lawmakers learned Thursday.