Stories tagged: idaho legislature
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016, 8:20 P.M.
Former lawmaker from Hayden dies
Former Idaho state Rep. Jeff Alltus, R-Hayden, died Saturday after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service is scheduled for June 16 at Candlelight Fellowship in Hayden. Alltus, …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016, 3:56 P.M.
Panel urges review of Idaho legislators’ pension perk
After two Idaho citizens, a retired math teacher and a CPA, urged a state panel to do away with the 1990 law that grants big boosts in state retirement pensions …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016, 2:30 P.M.
Idaho to pay up after failed defense of anti-union law
Idaho’s top state elected officials agreed Wednesday to pay $280,000 in attorney fees and costs to a group of unions who successfully challenged an anti-union bill passed by the Idaho …
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016
Editorial: Lawmakers should put traffic safety in fast lane
Legislators in Idaho and Washington could assist efforts to curb distracted driving by updating laws on cellphone use. Idaho badly needs to update its seat belt law.
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016, 12:15 P.M.
Idaho governor faces deadline to sign, veto remaining bills
Gov. Butch Otter has until the end of Friday to approve or kill any remaining bills passed by Idaho’s Republican-controlled Statehouse this year. As of Friday morning, the third-term governor …
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016, 8:49 A.M.
‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ helps kill proposed Idaho law
Reality TV star “Dog the Bounty Hunter” says he helped kill a proposed law in Idaho regulating bounty hunters because it would have prevented the wearing of badges.
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016, 4:30 P.M.
Stimson Lumber seeks support for N. Idaho conservation plan
A wood products company that wants to prohibit development on a large tract of its North Idaho timberland but keep it open for logging and outdoor recreation is looking for …
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
Editorial: Idaho lawmakers trample local control
Lawmakers justified the changes by calling them good for business. But they’re supposed to govern for all the people, not block their ability to make changes in their own communities.
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016, 1:09 P.M.
Last-minute filings set up competitive races in Idaho’s May primary
A flurry of last-minute filings late Friday set up an array of contested races in Idaho’s May 17 primary election, including a six-way race for an open seat on the …
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016, 3:38 P.M.
Idaho House backs abortion ultrasound bill
Idaho is one step closer to joining a small group of states that require abortion providers to give women information on accessing ultrasound services.
SUNDAY, FEB. 28, 2016
Editorial: Idaho ultrasound bill shows lawmakers’ distrust for women
Through their ceaseless attempts to adopt unconstitutional anti-abortion laws, it’s become clear that the majority of Idaho legislators do not trust women with this personal decision. Lawmakers are at it …
FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2016, 10:25 A.M.
Idaho budget writers pass Medicaid budget
Legislative budget writers have unanimously approved slightly increasing funding for Idaho’s Medicaid Program that serves some 190,000 poor children.
MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016, 2:30 P.M.
REAL ID compliance bill headed to Idaho House
An Idaho House panel has tentatively signed off on a proposal that would allow Idaho to comply with national proof-of-identity requirements.
MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016, 1:51 P.M.
Idaho Senate backs contentious charter school contract bill
Charter schools would no longer be required to use the same teacher contracts as other public schools under a new bill that has cleared the Idaho Senate.
MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016, 1:50 P.M.
Privatized gun registration has backing of House lawmakers
Idaho Republicans are backing a measure that would exempt the acquisition of sawed off shotguns, machine guns and silencers from public records request.
MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016, 9:08 A.M.
Idaho still stagnant on pot legalization, decriminalization
As several states have moved to allow the use of recreational or medical marijuana, Idaho has maintained a hard stance against legalization of the drug.
FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2016, 12:50 P.M.
Idaho lawmakers introduce bill to ban fetal tissue sales
The Idaho Legislature is the latest state to consider making it illegal to buy, sell or experiment upon fetal tissue, even though no such practice exists in the state.
THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2016, 3 P.M.
New bill would redefine animal cruelty, torture in Idaho
An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would redefine animal cruelty and torture.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2016, 3:38 P.M.
Idaho Senate panel backs AG investigation bill
An Idaho Senate panel has backed legislation that would change how the state’s Attorney General’s office investigates possible criminal activities by local elected officials.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2016, 1:19 P.M.
House approves public records exemption bill
The Idaho House has approved a bill that would allow public utilities to keep blueprints and other documents secret from the public.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2016, 11:22 A.M.
Abortion ultrasound bill introduced in House
A Republican lawmaker from eastern Idaho is backing a bill that would require a woman be told where she can get a free ultrasound before undergoing an abortion.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2016, 11:20 A.M.
Idaho House panel introduces gaming agency bill
An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would create a new state agency to oversee and investigate gambling activities throughout the state.
THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2016, 9:34 A.M.
Otter calls for review of faith-healing exemption
Gov. Butch Otter says he’s concerned with the number of children who die because their parents choose faith healing and not medical assistance for religious reasons.
MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2016, 1:22 P.M.
Tax conformity bill headed to governor’s desk
The Idaho Senate has approved legislation to bring the state’s tax code in line with federal rules, a move estimated to cost Idaho roughly $46 million over two years.
MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2016, 10:48 A.M.
House panel introduces Girl Scout sales tax bill
Idaho Girl Scouts would get a tax break on each box of Thin Mints under legislation introduced in a House committee.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016, 3:59 P.M.
Local plastic bag bans would be blocked by House bill
Cities and counties in Idaho would need state approval to enforce plastic bag bans under a new proposal currently making its way through the Idaho Statehouse, even though no such …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016, 2:11 P.M.
Idaho bill would allow ISP to use unmarked patrol vehicles
An Idaho Senate panel has taken the first step to allow Idaho State Police officers to use unmarked patrol vehicles for traffic law enforcement.
THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 2016, 12:35 P.M.
Idaho lawmakers boost wildfire preparedness funding
Idaho lawmakers are welcoming plans to boost the state’s fire preparedness by expanding Lands Department firefighting staffing from five months to eight, starting this spring.
TUESDAY, JAN. 12, 2016
Editorial: Learning about Islam a wise way to fight fears
Don’t blindly accept anti-Islam messages. Attend a community event designed to allay fears and increase understanding.
SUNDAY, DEC. 27, 2015, 3 A.M.
Eye on Boise: Dissidents in Idaho GOP want to ‘denounce’ Otter for forming PAC
Eye on Boise column for Sunday