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  • Panel passes heavy-load bill

    BOISE – Legislation to open nonfreeway routes in Idaho to extra-heavy trucks passed a state House committee over the objections of the two North Idaho lawmakers. The bill now moves …


  • Eye on Boise: Cigarette tax hike quickly stubbed out

    BOISE – When a proposed $1.25-per- pack cigarette tax increase was rejected by a House committee last week – the panel refused to introduce the bill or allow a hearing …


  • Harwood won’t seek new term in House

    BOISE – Six-term Idaho Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, has decided to end his 12-year legislative career after this year. “I’m not going to run,” Harwood said Thursday. “My wife’s …


  • Idaho Rep. Harwood won’t seek re-election

    Six-term Idaho Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, has decided to end his 12-year legislative career after this year.


  • Eye on Boise: Bill would eliminate regulation of farm product sales

    BOISE - Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, is proposing an “Idaho Farm Freedom Act” that would exempt from any licensing, certification or inspection requirement the sale of farm products at farmers …


  • Eye on Boise: E-cigarette bill opponent saw smoke, mirrors

    BOISE – A St. Maries legislator raised fears about a “nanny state” when the Idaho House considered legislation this week to ban the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to children, but …


  • Idaho bill to block megaload suits amended

    BOISE – Idaho senators had sharp questions for the sponsor, Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, over his bill aimed at blocking lawsuits over highway megaloads, and after much debate, voted …


  • Megaload law would put heavy load on citizens

    Dick Harwood says he’s very concerned about commerce in Idaho. Linwood Laughy says he’s very concerned about the same thing.


  • Megaload suit bill heads to Senate

    BOISE – The Idaho Legislature is moving to block citizen lawsuits over megaloads on the state’s highways, with legislation clearing the House Monday to require a big up-front cash bond …


  • Idaho House votes to preserve unemployment extension

    BOISE – North Idaho House members helped lead an unsuccessful move Wednesday to boot 17,000 unemployed Idaho workers off their federal extended unemployment benefits – a move that would have …


  • Bill targets megaload opposition

    BOISE – St. Maries Rep. Dick Harwood introduced legislation Wednesday designed to impose huge bonding requirements on anyone who sues to block a megaload – or anything else – from …


  • Tribal policing measure fails

    BOISE – After a stormy two-hour debate in which opponents raised fears including the Coeur d’Alene Tribe taking away people’s guns as they pass through the North Idaho reservation, the …


  • Idaho House kills tribal policing bill by one vote

    The Idaho House has rejected the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s policing bill by one vote, after a tense debate that stretched for two hours.


  • Idaho troopers doing duties with 1977 staffing level

    BOISE – There are the same number of Idaho State Police troopers patrolling the state’s roads now as there were in 1977, Idaho lawmakers learned last week, even though the …


  • Rattlesnake skins slither onto market

    BOISE – Thanks to concerns from Idaho state legislators, Idahoans now may legally sell up to six rattlesnake skins a year, and the state’s Fish and Game Department is looking …


  • Idaho rules now allow some sales of snakeskins

    BOISE – Thanks to concerns from Idaho state legislators, Idahoans now may legally sell up to six rattlesnake skins a year, and the state’s Fish and Game Department is looking …


  • Idaho House District 2B race

    Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, is among the Legislature’s most conservative voices, pushing legislation to tell the federal government to “back off” and to assert that the federal government can’t …


  • Eye on Boise: Pastor says area needs independent thinker

    In this election year, politics are heating up all over the state; in North Idaho, they’ve drawn a longtime local church pastor into the fray, and now he’s campaigning for …


  • Idaho joins other states in gun case

    BOISE – Idaho has joined a federal court case in Montana arguing that locally made and used guns should be exempt from all federal laws, including registration requirements. It’s a …


  • Idaho lawyer: Cooperative law enforcemen bill is constitutional

    An informal Idaho attorney general’s opinion, issued Thursday in response to a request from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, says there are no constitutional problems with HB …


  • Bills invoke states’ rights

    OLYMPIA – Conservative activists in Idaho and Washington are trying to force the federal government to keep out of issues such as guns, health care and the environment. Through legislation …


  • Harwood: U.S. is a confederacy

    BOISE – Promoting his state sovereignty resolution on the floor of the Idaho House of Representatives on Monday, St. Maries Rep. Dick Harwood declared that the United States is really …


  • Measure emphasizes Idaho sovereignty

    BOISE – One North Idaho legislator wants Idaho to tell the federal government to “back off” and let the state run its own affairs. Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, proposed …


  • Bill targets shooting in state parks

    Restrictive legislation that Idaho lawmakers passed last year is keeping the state Parks Board from banning campers from shooting at each other in state parks, so now legislation is moving …


  • Idaho task force looks at stricter marriage law

    BOISE – Idaho could enact a “covenant marriage” law to discourage divorce, encourage more premarital counseling, rethink domestic violence restraining order laws and require a “family impact statement” on every …

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