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Stories tagged: 2017 Idaho Legislature


UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

ISP settles lawsuit over bar/restaurant’s burlesque show, agrees to pay $17K

The Idaho State Police has agreed to settle a lawsuit from a New Meadows bar and restaurant that was targeted in a sting operation and hit with fines and a …


Balance of powers and sales taxes on food at stake in Idaho court case

When Idaho’s legislative and executive branches face off in court on June 15, much will be at stake.


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers’ 2017 session travel expenses came to $107K; Rep. Vito Barbieri’s tab was highest

Idaho lawmakers have billed state taxpayers roughly $107,000 so far this year for travel expenses accrued during the 2017 legislative session. The Associated Press obtained the information through a public …


New Idaho law on vacation rentals seeks middle ground

Idaho has a new law to govern how short-term vacation rentals, like those marketed on Airbnb and other services, are regulated and taxed, and it may bring peace in a …


Eye on Boise: Only in Idaho have lawmakers changed school science standards on climate change

It turns out that Idaho is the only state in which legislators have successfully removed references to climate change from school science standards.


Grocery tax repeal veto prompts debate in Idaho over powers of Legislature, governor

After Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a popular bill to remove the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries, North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick is renewing his push to change …


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Idaho calls for public input on school science standards, climate change

After Idaho lawmakers this year rejected five proposed science standards regarding climate change, saying they weren’t sufficiently balanced, the state Department of Education is gathering public input on how to …


Two major U.S. Highway 95 projects in North Idaho could be funded under new transportation bill

Two major construction projects on Highway 95 in North Idaho are at the top of the list for funding if Gov. Butch Otter signs a major transportation bill that lawmakers …


With lawmakers gone, Otter decides the fate of their work

It’s Gov. Butch Otter’s turn, as the Legislature left town with hundreds of bills awaiting his signature or veto.


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:33 p.m.

Backers of Idaho victims rights amendment say they’ll be back next year

Backers of a sweeping constitutional amendment on victims rights say they’ll be back next year, after an Idaho House committee rejected the amendment this year following days of emotional hearings.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Otter mum on plans for grocery tax repeal bill, worried about state budget

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he gives lawmakers high marks for their just-completed legislative session – but also some “incompletes” – and he wouldn’t say whether he’d sign …


Legislator profile: Heather Scott

Profile of Idaho Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard


Eye on Boise: Some accomplishments, lots of drama, and some work left undone as Idaho lawmakers depart for year

Four big issues were supposed to dominate this year’s Idaho legislative session: Health care, education, transportation and taxes.


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:25 p.m.

Longtime Idaho Senate majority leader reflects on just-concluded legislative session

Longtime Idaho Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, who is widely rumored to be the leading candidate to be Idaho’s new U.S. Attorney, said Thursday that he sees funding for improved …


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers kill tax break for employers, end legislative session

A $115 million unemployment insurance tax rate cut for Idaho employers fell victim to late-session battles between the Idaho House and Senate on Wednesday, as lawmakers ended a stormy legislative …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers approve $320 million-plus transportation funding package

Complex and controversial transportation legislation barely squeaked through the Idaho Senate on Tuesday and then cleared the Idaho House Tuesday evening, calling for a $320 million-plus investment in Idaho’s road …


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers back repeal of sales tax on groceries, send bill to Gov. Otter

Idaho would repeal its 6 percent sales tax on groceries on June 1, 2018, if Gov. Butch Otter doesn’t veto the bill – but he’s hinted he might well. The …


Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers restive as session drags on past targeted adjournment date; also, legislative limericks

With what was supposed to be the last day of the session past and no agreement yet on a transportation funding bill between the House and Senate, Idaho lawmakers are …


Key Idaho lawmaker: Vito Barbieri

Vito Barbieri Hometown: Dalton Gardens


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:52 p.m.

Idaho House hijacks unemployment insurance tax cut bill to add on income tax cuts

Idaho House members hijacked the Senate-passed unemployment tax rate cut on Thursday and decided to amend it to add an income tax cut into the bill.


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

Bill threatening Idaho transit systems introduced, then killed

An influential Southern Idaho lawmaker introduced last-minute legislation Thursday that would have undermined regional transit authorities around the state, including CityLink in North Idaho, but by the end of the …


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Idaho Senate approves school budget, sends it to Gov. Otter

A budget for Idaho’s public schools for next year that reflects 6.3 percent increase in funding cleared the Idaho Senate on a series of unanimous votes Wednesday, and headed to …


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 4:51 p.m.

Idaho Senate backs grocery tax repeal, 25-10

Idaho would remove its 6 percent sales tax from groceries in June 2018, if legislation passed by the Idaho Senate on a decisive 25-10 vote Wednesday becomes law.


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 11:50 a.m.

Idaho Senate votes 34-1 for 30% cut in unemployment tax for Idaho employers

The Idaho Senate has approved a major tax-cut bill for Idaho employers, passing SB 1195 on a 34-1 vote Wednesday to cut the unemployment premium tax rate that employers pay, …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 5:53 p.m.

Idaho House panel kills Senate-passed crime victim rights measure

After lengthy, stormy hearings that stretched over three days, an Idaho House panel on Tuesday killed


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 5:50 p.m.

Idaho Senate kills bill to repeal exemption on faith-healing parents who decline treatment of their children

BOISE – After two hours of passionate debate Tuesday, the Idaho Senate rejected a proposal allowing faith-healing parents to be civilly liable when their children die or suffer permanent injury …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 5:46 p.m.

Rep. Heather Scott fails in bid to cut budget for community colleges, including NIC

North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott tried hard Tuesday to derail the community college budget – a third of which goes to fund North Idaho College – arguing that it was …


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Idaho faith-healing bill roundly criticized, but squeaks out of Senate committee

Controversial faith-healing legislation narrowly cleared an Idaho Senate committee on Monday, after a hearing in which nearly everyone who spoke opposed it.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Idaho Senate kills $10 million plan to pay for care for those who can’t afford insurance

A proposal to spend $10 million next year to provide health care to 15,000 of the most chronically ill members of Idaho’s health coverage gap population failed in the Idaho …


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 5:41 p.m.

Idaho House passes school budget with just handful of dissenters

The Idaho House passed all seven bills that make up the K-12 public schools budget on Monday with no debate and just a handful of “no” votes.