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Eye On Boise idaho legislature archive

THURSDAY, JAN. 4, 2018

9th Circuit rules Idaho's 'ag-gag' law illegally targeted free speech, investigative journalism

A federal appeals court panel says Idaho's ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violates free speech rights. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that sections of the law illegally targeted free speech and investigative journalism. However, the panel also ruled the law correctly criminalized those who made false...

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MONDAY, DEC. 18, 2017

SUNDAY, DEC. 17, 2017

FRIDAY, DEC. 15, 2017

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29, 2017

MONDAY, NOV. 27, 2017

FRIDAY, NOV. 10, 2017

THURSDAY, NOV. 9, 2017

A logging truck hauls logs down the Coeur d’Alene River Road and out of the Coeur d’Alene National Forest in this file photo from Oct. 15, 2004. Trucks and how they’re taxed were the topic of months of hearings by an Idaho legislative interim committee, but the panel decided Thursday not to recommend any changes. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Lawmakers study trucking fees, then opt for no change

After months of hearings and reports, an interim committee of the Idaho Legislature charged with re-examining truck registration fees in Idaho - in the wake of a 2010 state report that showed truckers are underpaying for their impact on Idaho roads, while motorists are overpaying - wrapped up its business Thursday, deciding not to recommend any...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 7, 2017

MONDAY, NOV. 6, 2017

Idaho Republican state Rep. Priscilla Giddings sits at the Capitol in Boise in March 2017. (Courtesy photo)

Sun. column: Ada County goes after Giddings for back taxes; Dems name new ED; endorsements...

Ada County is moving to collect back taxes from state Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, for claiming a homeowner’s exemption for her Garden City home in 2016 while also claiming to be a resident of the north-central Idaho district where she was elected to the state House. “We’ve come across some information that leads me to believe that she...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 3, 2017


Hixon investigation involves sexual abuse allegations

The criminal investigation that prompted the abrupt resignation of state Rep. Brandon Hixon, R-Caldwell, involves sexual abuse allegations, the Idaho Statesman reports today, and Hixon was investigated for a similar allegation in 2014. The Statesman reports that Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor asked Attorney General...

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MONDAY, OCT. 30, 2017

Senate GOP leadership posts draw hopefuls

Leadership contests are taking shape in the Idaho Senate, as the departure of longtime Majority Leader Bart Davis prompts a ripple effect through the Senate GOP leadership. Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Boise, told Eye on Boise on Friday that he’s running for majority leader, and so far there’s no one running against him. That leaves..

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FRIDAY, OCT. 27, 2017

Hixon investigation turned over to Attorney General's office

Authorities said Thursday the criminal investigation involving a former state representative has been turned over to the Idaho Attorney General's office. According to Caldwell police, the Attorney General's office will continue the investigation into 36-year-old Brandon Hixon from Caldwell. Officials have declined to share details about the case...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 20, 2017

Hixon resigns from Legislature amid criminal investigation

A three-term Idaho state lawmaker involved in an active criminal investigation resigned from office Thursday, the AP reported Thursday night. Republican Rep. Brandon Hixon of Caldwell submitted his resignation letter to Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley and Gov. Butch Otter. "I hope that my efforts have helped improve the lives of...

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