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Anti-union laws rejected

BOISE – A federal judge has invalidated two anti-union laws pushed through by Idaho GOP lawmakers last session, saying they violate federal law. The two measures, SB 1007 and 1006, …


Federal judge voids two new Idaho anti-union laws

A federal judge has invalidated both the new anti-union laws pushed through by Idaho GOP lawmakers last session, saying they violate federal law.


Idaho school petitions pass mark

More than 47,000 Idaho residents, the required number, have signed each of three petitions to put education reform laws recently passed by the Idaho Legislature to referendum votes next year, …


Unusual bills come to statehouses after shift toward tea party

BOISE – It wasn’t just in Idaho that state lawmakers ventured onto unusual ground this year, attempting to unilaterally nullify a federal law, debating allowing guns on college campuses and …


Voters approving property tax hikes to help schools

BOISE – Idahoans are voting to raise their own property taxes in the wake of a third straight year of cuts in school funding approved by state lawmakers. In elections …


Medical marijuana push advancing on two fronts in Idaho

BOISE – Conservative Idaho might not seem like the most fertile ground for a medical marijuana movement, but supporters have launched an initiative drive that could change the terms of …


Eye on Boise: Idaho endowment fund sees nice earnings bounce

BOISE – It’s been a good year so far for Idaho’s permanent endowment fund, with earnings on investments through March 31 at 23.1 percent. Larry Johnson, investments manager, said the …


Last bill becomes law, making 335 for Idaho session

BOISE – The final piece of legislation from this year’s Idaho legislative session has become law without the governor’s signature, adding a one-year phaseout to a funding cut for school …


Otter lets final school bill take effect without signature

The final piece of legislation from this year’s Idaho legislative session has been allowed to become law without the governor’s signature, adding a one-year phaseout to a funding cut for …


Otter vetoes revised nullification bill

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed HB 298, the final version of a much-debated legislative effort to “nullify” the federal health care reform law.


Eye on Boise: Otter says closed primary an imperfect compromise

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter has signed into law historic changes in Idaho’s election system, requiring, for the first time, that all Idahoans declare their party affiliation to vote in …


Otter calls just-finished legislative session ‘very successful’

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has declared this year’s contentious Idaho legislative session “very successful,” saying, “I’d give them an A.” The GOP governor’s assessment was far sunnier than …


Otter gives Idaho legislative session an ‘A’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has declared this year’s contentious Idaho legislative session “very successful,” saying, “I’d give ‘em an A.”


Otter signs jobs bill

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed a tax incentive bill for new hires Wednesday that’s winning bipartisan praise as a bright spot in addressing the state’s biggest issue this …


Idaho jobs bill wins praise, but one of few

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed a tax incentive bill into law Wednesday for new hires that’s winning bipartisan praise as a bright spot in addressing Idaho’s biggest issue this year …


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers’ deeds are done, so it’s time for some poetic fun

BOISE – As Idaho’s legislative session lumbered into its final week and April Fools’ Day arrived and went, I was pushed, as they say, from bad to verse. So here’s …


Austerity, abortion, school reforms mark Idaho legislative session

BOISE – Thousands of Idahoans poured into the state Capitol this year to plead for – of all things – tax increases, rather than cuts in medical care to the …


Idaho school reforms enacted

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed the third major school reform bill into law on Friday, and a parents’ group immediately filed paperwork for a referendum drive to overturn …


Otter signs ed reform bill, referendum filed to overturn it

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed the third major school reform bill into law on Friday, and a parents’ group immediately filed the paperwork to launch a referendum drive to overturn …


Public to pay for GOP suit

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers rushed through a bill to pay $100,000 to the Idaho Republican Party – to which 81 percent of them belong – in the final days of …


Idaho Legislature finishes ‘difficult’ session

BOISE – The Senate killed a hard-fought energy compromise by one vote, the House speaker booted two moderates out of their committee chairmanships, and Idaho’s wild 2011 legislative session ground …


Idaho concludes prickly legislative session

The Senate killed a hard-fought energy compromise by one vote, the House speaker booted two moderates out of their committee chairmanships, and Idaho’s wild 2011 legislative session ground to a …


Idaho lawmakers rush unusual payment to state GOP

Idaho lawmakers rushed through a bill to pay $100,000 to the Idaho Republican Party - to which 81 percent of them belong - in the final days of this year’s …


Closed primary legislation hits snag in Idaho House

BOISE – Legislation to require Idahoans to register by political party and allow parties to close primary elections to all but party members ran into trouble in a House committee …


Idaho House passes abortion bill

BOISE – The Idaho House passed far-reaching anti-abortion legislation Tuesday with backers invoking “the hand of the Almighty” and saying they’re prepared to defend the new law in court. Senate …


Idaho closed-primary election bill stalls

Legislation to require Idahoans, for the first time, to register by political party and allow parties to close their primaries to all but party members ran into trouble in a …


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers fail again on texting ban

BOISE – For a third year in a row, the Idaho Legislature has been unable to agree on a new law to ban texting while driving. The only bill considered …


Idaho school bill passes

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers have sent the final piece of a plan to reform the state’s public schools to the governor’s desk, following three months of fierce debate that dominated …


Idaho House passes final school reform bill

The Idaho House has voted 44-26 in favor of SB 1184, the final bill in state schools Superintendent Tom Luna’s three-bill school reform plan. The controversial bill calls for phasing …


As Republicans deny hearings, Idaho Dems stall session

BOISE – The Idaho Legislature slowed to a near-standstill Wednesday, as House Democrats made good on a threat to stall the session in protest until majority Republicans allow hearings on …