Stories tagged: idaho legislature
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 2:06 p.m.
New bill would allow Idahoans choices on Real ID compliance
An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation that would allow two options for driver’s licenses – one that complies with federal identification requirements and one that doesn’t.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
After removing climate change information, Idaho House panel OKs new science standards
An Idaho House panel has approved new K-12 science standards, but only after striking key references to climate change caused by human behavior.
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 10:52 a.m.
Bill would lower supermajority requirement for Idaho bonds
The threshold for approving municipality and school bonds would be lowered slightly under a new proposal recently introduced in the Idaho Statehouse.
Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 12:18 p.m.
Senate panel introduces new school vaccine opt-out bill
An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation that would allow parents simply to write a letter excusing their children from vaccines rather than fill out a governmental form. The Times-News …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 6:18 p.m.
Idaho’s horse racing revival efforts reveal divisions
The fight over Idaho’s faltering horse racing industry is building into a face-off between the Legislature and the governor’s office.
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 11:14 a.m.
Idaho panel reintroduces sign language interpreter bill
An eastern Idaho lawmaker is once again backing legislation requiring sign language interpreters to get a professional license from a state board. Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a similar proposal in …
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
Idaho Democrat wants top-two primary system
A state senator from Boise wants to drastically change Idaho’s primary elections.
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 1:22 p.m.
Idaho Gov. Otter orders cybersecurity improvements for Idaho
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed an executive order aimed at protecting the state’s computer networks from hackers. The order signed Monday creates a director of Information Security position, with …
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 11:40 a.m.
New bill to require background checks for massage therapists
Massage therapists in Idaho would be required to undergo criminal background checks under recently introduced legislation. Mitch Toryanksi, with the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses, says that Idaho law does …
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 7:47 a.m.
Idaho lawmakers approve update to child mental health rules
Idaho lawmakers are considering a set of rule changes that would strengthen a community approach to the state’s mental health treatment for children.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 8:48 a.m.
Idaho lawmaker eyes abortion, taxes for legislative session
A new Idaho lawmaker is looking to jump head first into state politics by sponsoring bills targeting abortions and tax reforms.
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 2:38 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers undergo ethics training
Idaho lawmakers are starting the 2017 legislative session by participating in a half-day of ethics training.
Wed., Dec. 21, 2016
Idaho lawmakers should refine loser-pays ruling
“Justice” and “frivolity” are slippery metrics. Nothing has been done in the last 30 years to explain just what lawmakers meant to define as “justice.”
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016, 6:15 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Crapo to again head Senate’s ‘Committee on Committees’
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has again been selected by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to chair the Senate’s Committee on Committees, meaning he’ll lead negotiations about which senators get which …
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016, 5:15 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Losing candidate files challenge with the Idaho Senate
The Idaho Senate had an unusual matter to deal with at its organizational session on Thursday: A formal contest of the election from an unsuccessful Senate candidate.
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 5:27 p.m.
Idaho Legislature reshuffles committee posts, gears up for session
A reshuffling of key committee posts at the Idaho Legislature on Thursday brought 10 new members to the key panel that writes the state budget, a new Senate tax chairman, …
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016, 3:23 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers unlikely to repeal legislative retirement perk; set for pay raises
It’s unlikely Idaho lawmakers will do away with a special retirement perk for certain legislators – even though a citizens commission this year called for lawmakers to reconsider the perk. …
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016, 11:12 a.m.
Idaho legislative panel calls for closing health coverage gap, but no agreement on how
A legislative working group that held months of meetings and hearings voted unanimously on Tuesday to call for the 2017 Idaho Legislature to take action to address the state’s health …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 1:55 p.m.
Legislative leaders say Idaho’s work to close health coverage gap isn’t ending
The work of examining alternatives to close Idaho’s health coverage gap isn’t over.
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 9:40 a.m.
Idaho Legislature will have just one Democrat from north of Boise
If you thought the Idaho Legislature couldn’t get more Republican, think again. Tuesday’s election results bumped up the GOP supermajority in the Idaho Legislature from 80 percent to 84 percent, …
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016, 9:35 p.m.
North Idaho GOP incumbents win big in legislative races
With every seat in the Idaho Legislature up for a vote, most incumbents held their seats and the Legislature retained its overwhelmingly GOP cast in Tuesday’s general election. But two …
Mon., Oct. 24, 2016, 3:52 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers optimistic about closing coverage gap
Idaho lawmakers on a special committee examining options for addressing the state’s health coverage gap met most of the day Monday without reaching any consensus, but the panel’s co-chairs say …
Mon., Oct. 10, 2016, 11:58 a.m.
Dozens offer emotional testimony for and against Idaho’s faith-healing laws
Idaho lawmakers on a special panel looking into issues surrounding the state’s faith-healing laws took more than two hours of emotional testimony on both sides of the issue Monday, but …
Sun., Oct. 2, 2016
Eye on Boise: Legislators in Congress split on budget vote
Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation split down the middle late last week as the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a continuing resolution to fund the government – avoiding a government shutdown …
Thu., Sept. 8, 2016, 3:57 p.m.
Idaho launches new state suicide prevention program
Idaho’s suicide rate has long been far above the national average; the state had the 9th highest suicide rate in the country in 2014. But now, it has something it …
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 5:21 p.m.
Some Idaho lawmakers remain unconvinced about Medicaid expansion
Even after months of hearings, overwhelmingly positive public comments and stacks of statistics showing Idaho would save millions, some state lawmakers remain reluctant to accept federal Medicaid expansion funds to …
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016, 5:05 p.m.
Idaho hit with two federal lawsuits over failed broadband network
Two politically connected vendors are suing the state of Idaho in federal court after Attorney General Lawrence Wasden demanded that they pay back all the money they were paid for …
Wed., Aug. 10, 2016, 11:47 a.m.
Idaho to delay submitting new science standards
State officials say new K-12 science standards – which include for the first time references to global warming and the Big Bang Theory – won’t be submitted to the Idaho …
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 2:37 p.m.
Lawmakers scrutinize Idaho’s religious exemption that protects rights of religious sect amid high child death rates
Idaho’s religious exemption from charges of child abuse, neglect, child injury and manslaughter, passed in the 1970s to accommodate faith-healing groups, came under close scrutiny at a legislative hearing Thursday.
Sun., July 3, 2016, 4 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Boise named 5th-safest driving city, best in West
Boise is the fifth-safest driving city in the nation, according to a report from Allstate Insurance, which has been compiling its rankings annually for the past 12 years based on …