Stories tagged: Idaho politics
Sun., April 2, 2017, midnight
Eye on Boise: Some accomplishments, lots of drama, and some work left undone as Idaho lawmakers depart for year
Four big issues were supposed to dominate this year’s Idaho legislative session: Health care, education, transportation and taxes.
UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:25 p.m.
Longtime Idaho Senate majority leader reflects on just-concluded legislative session
Longtime Idaho Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, who is widely rumored to be the leading candidate to be Idaho’s new U.S. Attorney, said Thursday that he sees funding for improved …
UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Twitter war erupts between Raul Labrador and Donald Trump
A Twitter war erupted Thursday between President Donald Trump and Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador.
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 10:59 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers kill tax break for employers, end legislative session
A $115 million unemployment insurance tax rate cut for Idaho employers fell victim to late-session battles between the Idaho House and Senate on Wednesday, as lawmakers ended a stormy legislative …
Sun., March 26, 2017, midnight
Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers restive as session drags on past targeted adjournment date; also, legislative limericks
With what was supposed to be the last day of the session past and no agreement yet on a transportation funding bill between the House and Senate, Idaho lawmakers are …
UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Idaho House hijacks unemployment insurance tax cut bill to add on income tax cuts
Idaho House members hijacked the Senate-passed unemployment tax rate cut on Thursday and decided to amend it to add an income tax cut into the bill.
UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 11:09 p.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho tax coffers to get a boost from Amazon deal; Otter opposes grocery tax repeal
With the news that Amazon will begin collecting state sales tax from Idaho shoppers starting on April 1, Idaho’s state general fund coffers stand to gain $15 million to $30 …
UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 7:25 a.m.
In surprise action, Idaho Senate votes to repeal state’s 6% tax on groceries
In a showdown on the floor of the Idaho Senate, backers of removing the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries successfully held off a series of amendments proposed by …
UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 11:21 p.m.
Idaho state rep, on live open mic, says some of state’s teachers are ‘clearly overpaid’
When the Idaho House briefly went at ease on Tuesday, Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, was heard on an open mike saying, “We all know our districts. We know that there …
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
Idaho bill to clamp down on special House elections advances
House-passed legislation to change Idaho’s procedure for special elections when an Idaho member of Congress leaves office mid-term – no such election has ever been held in Idaho history – …
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers reject bill calling for gun-safety classes in the state’s schools
After much debate and lots of questions, an Idaho House panel rejected legislation Tuesday encouraging the state’s schools to offer elective gun-safety classes.
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 9:39 p.m.
Idaho House grinds to a halt amid fears about notary bill, United Nations
The Idaho House ground to a halt Monday, as a handful of lawmakers fearful about international implications of a bill updating Idaho’s notary laws forced an hour-plus reading of the …
Sun., March 5, 2017, midnight
Eye on Boise: North Idaho lawmaker favors funding roads over mental health care
Funding for a justice reinvestment program to provide mental health treatment to newly released criminals was cut in half in the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee on Friday, and one …
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 10:57 p.m.
Doctor, developer launches campaign for governor of Idaho
Tommy Ahlquist launched his Republican campaign for governor of Idaho on Wednesday, addressing close to 400 people closely crowded into the 17th-floor conference room of the Zions Bank building in …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 10:02 p.m.
Idaho Senate panel agrees to delete climate change from new school science standards
Despite efforts by members and the chairman of the Idaho Senate Education Committee to convince their House counterparts to go along with approving new state science standards without deleting five …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
Idaho House panel narrowly rejects bill going after tribal gaming
Idaho lawmakers took aim at tribal gaming, but legislation to amend the 2002 voter initiative that legalized tribal casinos statewide failed in a House committee Thursday on an 8-7 vote, …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 9:24 p.m.
Should folks under 21 be able to run for Idaho Legislature? Senators say yes
It wasn’t the original focus of the bill, but the Idaho Senate today voted 34-1 in favor of allowing 18-year-olds – rather than just those 21 or older – to …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke says stalker’s false account twisted in Redoubt News report
Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke said Monday that a former House committee secretary stalked him in 2013, when his wife was undergoing cancer treatment, and attempted to extort money from …
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, midnight
Eye on Boise: Senators reject bill to repeal legislative pension perk
Idaho senators shot down a bill last week to repeal a 1990 law that allows longtime state legislators who, late in their careers, are appointed to high-paying full-time state positions …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Bill would raise Idaho’s smoking age from 18 to 21
An Idaho senator says the state should raise its smoking age from 18 to 21.
UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, 4:14 p.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho bills would let passing cars speed up legally, ban police from profiling motorcyclists
What if you’re on a two-lane road, and you want to pass another motorist who’s going a couple of miles below the speed limit, but just to get past them …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 3 p.m.
Idaho Sen. Risch defends move to block Coretta Scott King letter from admission in Senate
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch is staunchly defending his role in blocking a letter from Coretta Scott King from being entered into the record in the U.S. Senate during Tuesday evening’s …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 10:41 p.m.
Proposed law in Idaho would discourage sanctuary cities and direct law enforcement to question people’s immigration status
BOISE – An Idaho legislative committee took action directed at sanctuary cities on Monday even though the state doesn’t have any.
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 2 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho’s Medicaid transport contractor draws complaints from around state; Idaho House speaker tells Rep. Heather Scott they should talk honestly
When the Idaho House and Senate Health and Welfare committees held an open public hearing on health and welfare issues on Friday, people flocked from all parts of the state …
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, midnight
Eye on Boise: State Rep. Heather Scott forces full reading of Idaho House’s first bill for ‘transparency’ sake
State Rep. Heather Scott says her apology for making a disparaging remark about other female legislators may never be enough for the speaker of the House.
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 10:01 p.m.
Idaho Senate panel rejects challenge to eastern Idaho election results
An Idaho Senate panel turned itself into the equivalent of a court on Monday, hearing arguments, weighing evidence, and ultimately rejecting a challenge to the November election results in one …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Five Idaho legislators stand with Rep. Heather Scott and asked to have their committee assignments stripped
Five House members stood on the floor of the Idaho House on Monday morning and asked to be removed from their committee assignments until Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, gets hers …
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, midnight
Eye on Boise: New survey says Idahoans optimistic, but concerned about health care
Idahoans think the state is generally on the right track, according to the latest Idaho Policy Survey, published Friday by Boise State University. “They’re also optimistic about the future,” said …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 6:41 p.m.
Rep. Heather Scott defends controversial comments, contends there are ‘things being hidden’ in Idaho statehouse
A defiant Idaho Rep. Heather Scott went on talk radio in Boise on Friday evening to defend her comments that got her removed from all her House committee assignments, charging …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 10:52 a.m.
Idaho Rep. Heather Scott faces possible sanctions for claiming female House members advance through sexual favors
Controversial North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott is facing a possible formal reprimand after she claimed female members of the Idaho House only advance through sexual favors, in an outburst that …