Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, announced today that she is resigning her legislative seat to focus full time on her campaign for governor. “It has been my privilege to be elected by and to serve the people of the fifth district since 2014,” said Jordan. “My priority is my constituents and the people of Idaho. I cannot fairly serve my constituents and run for governor, therefore I am stepping down from my legislative seat. This is necessary to win the Democratic primary and to move toward victory in November. I’m all in for Idaho.”
A $200 million income tax-cut bill cleared the Idaho House tax committee on Monday on a straight party-line vote, with all GOP members backing it and just the panel’s two minority Democrats voting “no.”
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney is asking for a budget increase next year of more than 70 percent, with most of the increase coming in a major upgrade to the state’s election software system to allow more transparent reporting of campaign finances, lobbyist records and election management and results.
Idaho lawmakers heard from more than two dozen people over two days of hearings on proposed school science standards, and all supported adopting the new standards, though some lawmakers continue to resist.
Members of the Idaho House Education Committee on Thursday continued to balk at proposed new school science standards that deal with climate change, even as public testimony came in 100 percent in favor of the newly revised standards. More testimony is scheduled for Friday.
Idaho House Majority Leader Mike Moyle wants to write the state’s current roadkill salvage rules into state law, and add an additional provision: That motorists can shoot a badly injured animal they’ve struck, to put it out of its misery.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little have hit the road to promote their executive order asking Idaho insurers to offer cheaper plans that don’t comply with all requirements of the Affordable Care Act, making stops Monday in Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene.
Idaho is the only state with no legal protection for breastfeeding mothers, said Rep. Paul Amador, R-Coeur d’Alene. So he’s proposing legislation to exempt nursing moms from the state’s indecent exposure law.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal to add a high-paid new CEO of higher education next year to oversee consolidating business functions among the state’s universities drew heavy flak in the state Legislature last week.
A state board charged with contracting to have problem wolves killed asked state lawmakers for another $400,000 on Friday, though the board has received that amount from the state each of the past four years and currently has $1.4 million in the bank.
Sherri Ybarra, Idaho’s state superintendent of schools, made a strong pitch to state lawmakers Thursday to raise the public school budget by 6.8 percent next year, with the biggest portion of the increase going to the multiyear effort to raise teachers’ salaries.
When a routine bill from the state Tax Commission came up for a vote in the Idaho House on Wednesday – to conform 2017 Idaho income tax laws to federal changes, which is expected to have only minimal fiscal impact – Reps. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, and Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, spoke out against passing the bill, saying it would amount to bowing to federal pressure to overlook the invalidated clause that’s still in the Idaho Constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage.
Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, on Wednesday endorsed conservative activist and end-times author Michael Snyder of Bonners Ferry in Idaho’s 1st District GOP congressional primary, a race already crowded with a slew of other better-known Idaho Republicans.
Idaho would no longer have lower speed limits for commercial trucks on its highways and interstates, under legislation introduced Monday at the request of House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer, R-Meridian.
Idaho lawmakers are bracing for a big expense – a $102 million, five-year plan to modernize the state’s accounting, payroll and procurement systems, which now operate on a three-decades-old mainframe computer system.