Protesters marched to the Idaho state Capitol on Monday with 183 child-sized, symbolic coffins, which they stacked on the Statehouse steps as they called for Idaho lawmakers to repeal the state’s faith-healing exemption, under which parents are immune from criminal or civil liability if they deny their children medical care and the kids die.
The Idaho House on Monday, after much debate, killed legislation proposed by Rep. Paul Shepherd declaring that Idaho lawmakers can void federal laws and court decisions, and attempting to set up a process to accomplish that.
Idaho lawmakers on Monday set a public school budget for next year that reflects a 5.9 percent, $100 million increase in state funding next year – and it passed unanimously and with no debate or dissent.
Two alternative tax-cut plans – competing with Gov. Butch Otter’s big income tax-cut proposal, which already has passed the House – were introduced in the Idaho Legislature last week, and Otter says he’s fine with that.
North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott’s bill to ban retries of local bond or tax levy elections, even with changes or reductions, for a year after voters reject them cleared a House committee Friday on a party-line vote and headed to the full House for amendments.
New statewide conflict-of-interest disclosure legislation – which would require filings for all Idaho candidates and officeholders, disclosing their occupation and employer and other potential conflicts of interest, but not income – was introduced in the House State Affairs Committee on Friday with just two “no” votes.
Washington Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday criticized Idaho’s decision to allow the sale of health insurance plans that don’t comply with Obamacare rules as “illegal Idaho junk plans,” prompting Idaho Gov. Butch Otter to retort that Washington has sanctuary cities and recreational marijuana – also bucking federal rules.
Testimony was 100 percent in favor of proposed new school science standards at an Idaho Senate committee hearing on Wednesday, after a House panel voted earlier to remove large portions of the new standards.
An Idaho House committee on Wednesday backed legislation declaring that Idaho lawmakers can void federal laws and court decisions, and setting up a process to do so, despite an Idaho attorney general’s opinion that the measure likely wouldn’t withstand a court challenge.
Over the objections of two North Idaho lawmakers, campaign finance reform legislation was introduced in the Idaho Legislature on Tuesday, requiring more frequent and more detailed reporting by candidates and political action committees, to be posted online in a single, searchable database.
A divided Idaho House narrowly passed legislation Monday to restore non-emergency dental coverage to more than 30,000 Idaho Medicaid recipients who’ve only had coverage for emergency extractions since 2011 – resulting in a jump in serious complications that have been costing the state’s Medicaid program far more.
More than a dozen GOP lawmakers announced last week that they’re forming a “Regulatory Reform Joint Subcommittee” to examine the rules and regulations of state occupational licensing boards and look for ways to streamline them.
Caseloads for Idaho’s Catastrophic Health Care Fund have taken a sharp upturn this year, and they’re expected to continue to rise as more Idahoans are priced out of health insurance or decide not to purchase it as the federal government lifts its individual mandate.
An Idaho House committee voted 12-4 on Wednesday to strip out large sections of the state’s proposed new school science standards, including standards for teaching kids about renewable and nonrenewable energy resources and their impacts on the environment – including air pollution.