Stories tagged: Butch Otter
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 …
Sun., Jan. 28, 2018, 6 a.m.
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 …
Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
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.
Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 9:49 a.m.
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 …
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.
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.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 10:06 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers mull ambitious plan to address state’s severe doctor shortage
Idaho is severely lacking in doctors, and many of its existing ones are nearing retirement age, Dr. Ted Epperly told lawmakers Wednesday as he presented the state’s new 10-year plan …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 11:36 p.m.
Idaho governor pitches tax cuts
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter rolled out a major tax cut proposal Monday in his 12th and final State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature.
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 10:16 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers to convene under political spotlight
Idaho’s upcoming legislative session – which kicks off Monday with third-term Gov. Butch Otter’s final State of the State address – will tackle big issues in health care, taxes, education …
Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 12:30 p.m.
Otter, Little call for more affordable health coverage
Idaho’s top elected leaders signed an executive order on Friday directing the state Department of Insurance to create guidelines for health insurance carriers to offer lower priced coverage plans.