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Eye On Boise 2016 Idaho Legislature archive

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016

In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo Hank Johnson displays his handgun. (Al Behrman / AP)

Idaho's new permitless concealed-carry gun law takes effect Friday 15 

Starting Friday, Idaho will become the eighth state in the nation to allow most residents age 21 or older to carry concealed guns without a permit – even inside cities, in bars and in government buildings. The new law is the latest result of decades of efforts to liberalize gun laws in Idaho, a gun-loving state that already had some of the most...

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

The politics of voting 'no' 

Passing a balanced state budget – determining how the taxpayers’ money should be spent on state services in the coming year – is the most basic task of the Idaho Legislature each year, one required by the state Constitution. But Idaho Statesman reporter Bill Dentzer...

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Idaho faith-healing exemption hits national airwaves today 

Idaho’s faith healing exemption from prosecution for child deaths or medical neglect hit the national airwaves this morning, as NBC’s “Today Show” featured the story of Mariah Walton, a 20-year-old Idaho woman who suffers from lifelong disabilities because her parents didn’t seek medical treatment when...

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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016



Of vetoes, bill-signings and deadlines... 

Here’s an oddity: On Friday, April 8, I wrote that Gov. Butch Otter had signed his last bill from this year’s legislative session and allowed four others to become law without his signature. His office explained to me that once the session has adjourned sine die, he has 10 days, excluding Sundays, from the time...

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016

Gov. Butch Otter, center discusses Idaho's just-concluded legislative session on Monday; from left are Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, and on the right, House GOP Caucus Chair Rep. John VanderWoude, R-Meridian. (AP/Idaho Statesman / Katherine Jones)

Otter lauds session's education advances

Here is Gov. Butch Otter’s full end-of-session statement, released at the end of his news conference today; Otter lauded legislative accomplishments on K-12 and higher education, STEM education, school safety, new mental health crisis centers and public defense reform: EDUCATION, K-THROUGH-CAREER EFFORTS ADVANCED BY 2016...

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The session that was; full story... 

Here’s my full Sunday story on this year’s legislative session, including North Idaho lawmakers’ and legislative leaders’ reflections on what did and didn’t get accomplished. BOISE – Idaho lawmakers addressed an array of long-festering issues in the legislative session they wrapped up Friday, from a...

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