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Stories tagged: Idaho Constitution


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Legislative battle taking shape again over how best to protect Idaho crime victims’ rights

Tissue in hand, the young crime victim recounted her experience with Idaho’s criminal justice system after being raped by an 18-year-old at the age of 14.


Balance of powers and sales taxes on food at stake in Idaho court case

When Idaho’s legislative and executive branches face off in court on June 15, much will be at stake.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Idaho court orders fixes to grocery tax veto lawsuit, or it’ll be dismissed

The Idaho Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday morning in the challenge by 30 state lawmakers to Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of the grocery tax repeal bill, ordering procedural problems …


Grocery tax repeal veto prompts debate in Idaho over powers of Legislature, governor

After Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a popular bill to remove the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries, North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick is renewing his push to change …


Editorial: Editorial: Idaho invites legal beatings

If lawmakers have issues with the state constitution, they need to amend it.


Idaho House divided over removing sales tax from Girl Scout cookies

The Idaho House narrowly passed legislation Wednesday to remove the state’s distinction as one of just two states that imposes sales taxes on Girl Scout cookies, after North Idaho Rep. …


‘Instant racing’ machines draw ire of Idaho lawmakers

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers expressed deep concern Thursday about “instant racing” betting machines that have been installed in Post Falls, Idaho Falls and the Boise area. The machines, which resemble …


CdA Tribe equates Texas Hold ’Em at its casino to games of skill

BOISE – Texas Hold ’Em poker is no different than golf under Idaho law, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe contends as it fights a lawsuit filed by the state. Poker is …


Eye on Boise: Idaho Senate backs veto-override amendment

With little debate, the Senate on Friday voted 28-6 in favor of Sen. Steve Vick’s proposed constitutional amendment to empower the House speaker and the Senate president pro-tem to order …


Idaho same-sex couples sue state over marriage ban

BOISE – Four same-sex couples from Boise filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging Idaho’s ban on gay marriage and its laws that deny recognition of same-sex marriages from other states. …


Eye on Boise: Ed funding ‘probably not’ up to snuff

BOISE – Idaho is “probably not” meeting the state constitution’s requirements to provide for education, Gov. Butch Otter told a crowd of more than 400 people last week. The implications …


Idaho to vote on measure ensuring right to hunt, fish, trap

BOISE – Idaho has a measure on the November ballot to enshrine a right to hunt, fish and trap in the state constitution – a proposal that likely would generate …


Idaho suit takes on school fees

BOISE – A former Idaho school district superintendent with twin granddaughters in kindergarten is suing the state, charging that cash-strapped schools are violating the Idaho Constitution by charging fees for …


Priest Lake leaseholders could lose longtime homes

When Jim and Myrna Brown invested in their Priest Lake cabin 20 years ago, they hoped summers on North Idaho’s “crown jewel” would become a family legacy. Like so many …


Ex-state economist says school funding may violate Idaho law

BOISE – Idaho’s former longtime chief state economist, Mike Ferguson, released a 20-page report Friday on public school funding that reaches a series of startling conclusions, including that Idaho’s current …


Voters consider three amendments to Idaho Constitution

Almost 30 years ago, Idaho’s largest public hospital built a new building, paying for it by issuing $30 million in revenue bonds. Construction began on Kootenai Medical Center’s main building …


Eye on Boise: Constitutional amendment would allow tuition at UI

BOISE – A little-noticed item on this year’s general election ballot, SJR 101, would amend the Idaho Constitution to permit tuition to be charged at the University of Idaho. The …


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 …