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Hunters help kill muzzleloader bill in Idaho Legislature

Feb. 23—A bill that would have opened Idaho's muzzleloader-only hunting seasons to equipment that increases the range and accuracy of the primitive weapons appears to be dead. House Bill 469 that would forbid the Idaho Department of Fish and Game from regulating the use of sabots, 209 primers and pelletized powder in muzzleloader seasons was held in the Idaho House Resources Committee on ...

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‘Don’t Tread on Me’ license plates? Idaho senator proposes new law to make it happen

Spotted outside some Idaho homes are popular flags adorned with a patch of grass, a coiled snake with a rattle and the words “Don’t Tread on Me.” Now, Idaho lawmakers have proposed a bill that would create a state license plate featuring the message, some proceeds of which would go toward a gun safety education program. The Gadsden flag, dating back to the Revolutionary War, has become a ...
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Raúl Labrador wants U.S. Supreme Court to let Idaho ban transgender kids’ health care

Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state to enforce its ban on gender-affirming health care for minors. The request comes less than two months after the country’s highest court, which is dominated by conservative justices, sided with Labrador in a separate case over Idaho’s abortion laws, allowing the state to enforce its ban even in emergencies. ...
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Surrounding states have legalized marijuana. Idaho lawmaker suggests this instead

Despite legalization adjacent to Idaho’s borders and in many states around the country, Idaho lawmakers are considering heightened penalties for people charged with marijuana possession. House Bill 606 would add a mandatory minimum fine of $420 for possession of less than three ounces of the plant, and a misdemeanor conviction. Idaho law already has penalties for trafficking marijuana, or for ...
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‘Priority No. 1’: Bill would add $1.5 billion to fix, replace crumbling Idaho schools

This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with the Idaho Statesman. Sign up for Dispatches to get stories like this one as soon as they are published. Idaho Republican leaders introduced a bill Thursday that would provide $1.5 billion in new funding over 10 years for school districts to repair and replace their aging and overcrowded school buildings — a ...
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Idaho legislators say new library bill to establish material review committees is a ‘combination’ of previous bills

Library legislation in Idaho has come a long way following a gubernatorial veto last year and backlash from librarians last month. Following weeks of collaborative efforts, legislators on Wednesday introduced a bill that seeks to formalize procedures for libraries when patrons express concerns about specific materials being potentially harmful to minors.