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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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Idaho bill to create mandatory minimums for fentanyl will be sent to Gov. Brad Little

Idaho residents convicted of fentanyl crimes will likely soon face more severe prison sentences. House Bill 406, which would create mandatory minimum prison sentences for fentanyl crimes, passed the final hurdle in the Legislature after the Senate approved the bill Thursday in a 28-7 vote. It now heads to Gov. Brad Little for signing. The bill would mandate minimums of three-year prison ...
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Family seeks justice for son slain in Idaho prison

Feb. 4—Milo Warnock was expected to serve at least two years in prison for a DUI. Instead, he received a death sentence. Warnock, a Lewiston native and Boise resident at the time of his sentencing, was killed Dec. 10 at Idaho State Correctional Center in Kuna. His death highlights a number of issues at the Kuna prison complex, which is operated by the Idaho Department of Correction. Some of ...
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‘They were happy in Idaho.’ Lawyer shares new details on hangar-collapse victims

More than a week after the collapse of a hangar under construction at the Boise Airport, new details about two of the victims have emerged, even as little information has come out about what caused the accident, which killed three people on site and injured nine. At a Friday news conference, a Boise lawyer representing two of the people killed said his office was still investigating the Jan. ...
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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 ...