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Idaho lawmakers squabble over Liquor Division budget, new stores

The Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee bogged down in a big way on Wednesday over the state Liquor Division budget, as Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, led an ultimately unsuccessful move to try to reject funding for two new state liquor stores in the Treasure Valley – one of them in his own district.
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Lawmakers OK funding for NIC computer science expansion

Idaho lawmakers set a budget for the state’s community colleges on Tuesday that exceeds Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal, which would have resulted in a cut to North Idaho College’s budget and stopped the expansion of the Coeur d’Alene institution’s popular new computer science program.

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Idaho House panel backs restriction on city, county changes to building codes

Builders, architects and local officials from across Idaho urged strongly against it – as did the state association of fire chiefs – but a House committee on Tuesday passed legislation to forbid cities or counties from adopting any residential building code provisions that are more up-to-date or more stringent than those adopted by a state board.
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Otter’s health coverage gap bill pulled

Gov. Butch Otter’s dual-waiver Idaho Health Care Plan was pulled from the Idaho House on Tuesday without a vote and sent back to committee, a dramatic defeat for Otter and others who have pushed for five years to close the state’s health coverage gap.
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Idaho lawmakers debate gun rights and gun safety - not gun control

Rep. Heather Scott says she has an answer to school shootings: More retired law enforcement officers carrying concealed guns when they pick up their grandchildren from school. Scott proposed one of four bills dealing with guns that were debated in the Idaho Legislature on Monday; all dealt with gun rights or gun safety rather than gun control.
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Idaho House unanimously backs protections for breastfeeding moms

Legislation to protect breast-feeding mothers by exempting breast-feeding from Idaho’s indecent exposure and obscenity laws has passed the Idaho House unanimously – a big turnaround from 15 years ago, when pro-breast-feeding legislation was rejected amid concerns from male legislators that women would be prompted to “
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Idaho House committee to take remote testimony on Monday, including from North Idaho

In a first-time pilot project, the Idaho Legislature will take remote testimony on three bills that are up for hearings Monday in the House Education Committee. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, 8 a.m. Pacific; those who’d like to testify must sign up at least 24 hours in advance, then come out to one of six sites around the state, located in Post Falls, Moscow, Twin Falls, Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Salmon.