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  • FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009

    Idaho lawmaker targets multiple DUIs

    BOISE – A North Idaho lawmaker wants to ban repeat drunken drivers from buying, consuming or possessing alcohol. Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, proposed legislation Thursday that would impose bans …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009

    Our View: Vote against septic rule endangers public, waters

    It’s as clear as water. Idaho lawmakers aren’t interested in bringing the state’s rules for septic systems more in line with the rest of the nation. That means that the …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009

    Hot rodders could face steep fines for noise

    BOISE – Hot rodders whose modified mufflers rattle windows and disturb the sleep of Idaho residents could face fines of as much as $1,000 after members of a neighborhood group …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009

    Otter names stimulus panel

    Gov. Butch Otter named eight people, including three former governors and five current lobbyists, to a panel that will review proposals from Idaho agencies and companies wanting a share of …


  • THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009, 3:51 P.M.

    Drinking ban proposed for repeat drunk drivers

    A North Idaho lawmaker wants to ban repeat drunken drivers from buying, consuming or possessing alcohol. Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, proposed legislation today that would impose bans for anywhere …


  • THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009, 10:39 A.M.

    Lawmakers: Greyhound Park bingo OK

    Bingo should be allowed to continue at the Coeur d’Alene Greyhound Park in Post Falls, Idaho state senators declared today, voting near-unanimously for a measure to save the bingo operation …


  • THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

    Risch had wrong mouse, district in blasting stimulus project

    BOISE – Idaho Sen. Jim Risch blasted the federal economic stimulus bill Wednesday for being filled with big earmarks for Democratic leaders, but his prime example turned out to be …


  • THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

    Bill calls for transparency in tax deals

    BOISE – Idaho’s state Tax Commission would be required to hold additional hearings on secret tax deals exposed by a whistle-blower and submit annual reports on them to the governor …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009, 5 P.M.

    Risch blasts stimulus ‘earmarks’

    Idaho Sen. Jim Risch blasted the federal economic stimulus bill Wednesday for being filled with big earmarks for Democratic leaders, but his prime example turned out to be in error.


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009, 3:39 P.M.

    Reforms proposed for secret tax deals in Idaho

    Idaho’s state Tax Commission would be required to hold additional hearings on the controversial secret tax deals a whistleblower exposed last spring and submit annual reports on them to the …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009, 1:51 P.M.

    Avista asks Idaho to let it help low-income customers

    Avista Corp. and the Idaho Public Utilities Commission proposed legislation today to allow utilities to voluntarily provide assistance to struggling low-income customers, and seek approval from the PUC to adjust …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

    Idaho Senate rejects rule for septic systems

    BOISE – At the urging of North Idaho senators, the state Senate voted Tuesday to reject a Department of Environmental Quality rule to stiffen requirements for new septic systems to …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

    Idaho to take time to study stimulus funds

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter said Tuesday he’ll take until at least late March to study how Idaho should use its share of the $787 billion federal stimulus plan, delaying …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

    Bill seeks equity in tourism grants

    BOISE – The Sandpoint area is in “desperate” economic straits, and tourism businesses there aren’t getting their fair share of state tourism grants, the local chamber of commerce head told …


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009, 5:01 P.M.

    ‘Desperate’ Sandpoint pleads for its ‘fair share’

    The Sandpoint area is in “desperate” economic straits, and tourism businesses there aren’t getting their fair share of state tourism grants, the local chamber head told state lawmakers Tuesday.


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009, 1:01 P.M.

    North Idaho senators help kill new septic rules

    At the urging of North Idaho senators, the state Senate voted Tuesday to reject a Department of Environmental Quality rule to stiffen requirements for new septic systems to protect Idaho …


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009

    Beer, wine tax could go up

    BOISE – Idaho’s beer and wine taxes would more than triple to pay for substance-abuse treatment under legislation that narrowly won introduction in a House committee on Monday. The state’s …


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009

    Day care bill gets another shot

    BOISE – Minimal licensing requirements for Idaho day cares – including criminal background checks – were introduced in the Legislature on Monday for the fifth straight year, and sponsors were …


  • MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2009, 6:01 P.M.

    Idaho beer and wine tax increase introduced

    BOISE – Idaho’s beer and wine taxes would more than triple to pay for substance-abuse treatment under legislation that narrowly won introduction in a House committee on Monday.


  • MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2009, 4:27 P.M.

    Day care licensing bill introduced in Idaho

    Minimal licensing requirements for every Idaho day-care with four or more unrelated children - including criminal background checks - were introduced in the Idaho Legislature today for the fifth straight …


  • SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2009

    Simple service honors Meyer

    He made his mark on Idaho through 10 years in the state Legislature, fighting for causes including education and the Spokane Valley/Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. But Wayne Meyer wanted to be …


  • SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2009

    Idaho cuts budget by $80 million

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers slashed another $80 million from the current year’s state budget Friday and adopted a budget for next year that will force $101 million in cuts beyond …


  • SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2009

    PERSI reports big percentage drop

    BOISE – the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho dropped from $12 billion to $8.5 billion in the past year, losing $3.5 billion. “We’re down 25 percent for calendar year …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2009

    Critics blast school funding bills

    BOISE – Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, the House Education Committee chairman, introduced two far-ranging bills Thursday to change state law to allow cuts in public school funding. Among the …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2009

    Environment panel kills bill

    BOISE – Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, failed to persuade the House Environment Committee on Thursday to introduce his bill to repeal last year’s vehicle-emissions testing bill. The panel voted …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2009

    Change to state car-seat law could benefit poor families

    BOISE – An Idaho senator says the state could get federal money to purchase safety seats for low-income families, but the state car seat law would have to be changed. …


  • THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2009, 9:03 A.M.

    Chairman unveils permanent Idaho ed cuts

    Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, the House Education Committee chairman, proposed two far-ranging bills this morning to make permanent changes in state law to allow cuts in Idaho’s public school …


  • THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2009

    Director pleads case of women’s commission

    BOISE – The head of the Idaho Women’s Commission told lawmakers Wednesday that women haven’t yet reached equity in Idaho – and that the Legislature is a perfect example. Part-time …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009, 2:52 P.M.

    Senator proposes eliminating Idaho Women’s Commission

    The head of the Idaho Women’s Commission told lawmakers Wednesday that women haven’t yet reached equity in Idaho - and the Legislature is the perfect example. However, even with just …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009

    Otter seeks tax increases for roads

    BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter, arm bound in a sling after shoulder surgery but vigorously greeting supporters, shaking hands (with his left hand) and touting his top priority – fixing …


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