Stories tagged: Butch Otter
Mon., July 2, 2018, 8:58 p.m.
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 …
Wed., June 20, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
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, …
Tue., June 19, 2018, 11:07 a.m.
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.
Tue., May 22, 2018, 3:18 p.m.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Sun., Jan. 28, 2018, 6 a.m.
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.
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 …
Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
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.
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.
Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 9:49 a.m.
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 …
Sun., Jan. 14, 2018
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.
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.
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.