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  • Our View: It’s a small price to pay to prevent mussel invasion

    The cost of boating in Idaho is about to get more expensive, but it’s worth it. This week the Legislature sent a receptive Gov. Butch Otter a bill that will …


  • Idaho to amend day care licensing bill

    Day-care licensing legislation cleared the House Health and Welfare Committee Thursday on a unanimous vote, but only with extensive amendments attached - including requiring licensing only for day cares with …


  • Hospital official named to education board

    BOISE – Don Soltman, vice president of Kootenai Medical Center, was appointed to the Idaho State Board of Education on Tuesday by Gov. Butch Otter. If Soltman’s appointment is confirmed …


  • Transportation funding hits House roadblock

    BOISE – Amid hours of debate in the Idaho House on Tuesday, every one of the amendments to expand a proposed 2-cent gas tax increase next year failed – dealing …


  • KMC’s Soltman named to Idaho Board of Ed

    Don Soltman, vice president of Kootenai Medical Center, was appointed to the Idaho State Board of Education on Tuesday by Gov. Butch Otter.


  • House OKs ‘tax break’ legislation

    BOISE – Legislation placing new requirements on the Idaho State Tax Commission when it reaches large secret settlements with taxpayers passed the House unanimously Monday, although a whistle-blower says the …


  • Idaho Senate committee passes financial disclosure measure

    BOISE – An Idaho Senate committee voted unanimously in favor of legislation to end Idaho’s distinction as one of three states with no personal financial disclosure requirements for elected officials …


  • Kralicek bill passes unanimously

    Legislation that would help permanently disabled law enforcement officers like Mike Kralicek of Coeur d’Alene with health insurance costs for their families, has passed the Idaho House unanimously and now …


  • Idaho senators favor financial disclosure

    An Idaho Senate committee has voted unanimously in favor of legislation to end Idaho’s distinction as one of just three states with no personal financial disclosure requirements for elected officials …


  • $600 can openers, stealing flags and pay cuts: Welcome to Boise

    BOISE – When Butch Morrison, owner and operator of the Crescent ‘No Lawyers’ Bar & Grill, testified to a Senate committee about proposed liquor license reforms, Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho …


  • Idaho legislators slice 7.7 percent of school funding

    BOISE – Idaho would cut its state funding for schools next year by 7.7 percent under an unprecedented budget set by lawmakers Friday. The state’s allocation would drop from this …


  • Idaho schools budget to be cut 7.7 percent

    Idaho would cut its state funding for schools next year by 7.7 percent, under an unprecedented budget set by lawmakers this morning.


  • House lawmakers vote to freeze teachers’ pay

    BOISE – The Idaho House has voted to cut $8.1 million from school spending next year by freezing teachers’ pay. House Bill 262, sponsored by state Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur …


  • House shelves day care reform

    BOISE – Even a young mother’s anguish over her baby’s violent shaking and severe injury by a day care provider couldn’t persuade a House committee on Thursday to endorse basic …


  • Idaho lawmakers reluctant to license day cares

    Even a young mother’s anguish over her baby’s violent shaking and severe injury by a day-care provider couldn’t persuade a House committee on Thursday to endorse basic standards for all …


  • Idaho House endorses second school funding cut

    The Idaho House has voted 49-20 for HB 262, to cut $8.1 million from school funding next year by trimming teacher pay.


  • $82 million road plan clears joint budget panel

    BOISE – North Idaho lawmakers successfully pushed approval of an $82 million highway bonding program through the Legislature’s joint budget committee Wednesday, a move welcomed by Gov. Butch Otter. “I …


  • Idaho bill would cut field trip, school bus funds

    BOISE – The Idaho House has voted 50-20 for the state’s first concrete move toward cutting school spending as it copes with a budget crunch, lopping $4.1 million out of …


  • Idaho House backs first school budget cut

    The House has voted 50-20 in favor of HB 256, the measure to cut state reimbursements to school districts for student busing costs - Idaho’s first concrete move toward cutting …


  • N. Idaho lawmakers win road bonding plan

    North Idaho lawmakers successfully pushed approval of a highway bonding program through the joint budget committee this morning, a move welcomed by Gov. Butch Otter.


  • Bill allows cuts to schools

    BOISE – As Idaho’s Legislature moves closer to cutting public schools spending for the first time, legislation passed the House unanimously on Tuesday to allow some temporary cuts in cases …


  • Gun rights bill clears House

    If Idaho comes under a state of “extreme emergency” including martial law, invasion or insurrection, the state still shouldn’t be able to take away anyone’s guns, the Idaho House declared …


  • Martial-law gun rights bill passes Idaho House

    Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, today persuaded the Idaho House to vote 61-9 in favor of his legislation preventing the government from seizing guns in cases of “extreme emergency.”


  • Lawmakers target commission’s budget

    BOISE – Two female state senators from North Idaho led a successful move Monday to eliminate funding for the Idaho Women’s Commission and its sole, part-time employee. Sen. Shawn Keough, …


  • Bill would let cities, counties issue liquor licenses

    BOISE – Idaho would do away with its 62-year-old quota system for liquor licenses under legislation approved Monday by a Senate committee. The current system sets population-based quotas, but the …


  • 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 …


  • Idaho committee clears liquor license bill

    BOISE – Idaho would do away with its 62-year-old quota system for liquor licenses, under legislation approved on a 6-3 vote Monday by a Senate committee.


  • Idaho lawmaker: U.S. is a ‘confederacy’

    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 a “confederacy.”


  • N. Idaho senators kill Women’s Commission funding

    Two female state senators from North Idaho led a successful move today to zero-fund the Idaho Women’s Commission next year, and also eliminate its sole part-time employee.


  • Rare Chadderdon measure allows only made-in-U.S. flags for government

    BOISE – Rep. Marge Chadderdon, R-Coeur d’Alene, isn’t known for authoring lots of legislation. So when she brought forward her bill this week to ban state and local government agencies …


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