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Hill on faith healing: ‘It will be a topic of discussion’

Asked about faith healing and Idaho’s religious exemption from prosecution when children are denied medical care in favor of prayer, Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, was non-committal. “We put together that working group for the purposes of studying the issue more fully, seeing how...

Legislative leaders say teacher evaluation system must be fixed, and quickly

Legislative leaders from both parties were sharply critical this morning of the state Department of Education for “sitting on” problematic teacher-evaluation audit data for six months, before it finally came out through public records requests and suggested extensive problems with the evaluation process. House Speaker...

Otter on education, roads, health care, more…

Gov. Butch Otter said today, “I think the legislative session should be short. … My focus again is going to be on education.” He said, “We’re starting to realize the promise the career ladder,” the teacher-pay improvement plan that’s now entering its third and biggest...

Lawmakers may try to do more to boost jobs in rural Idaho

Idaho lawmakers may consider expanding a jobs incentive that state officials say already is generating hundreds of new jobs in the state; Sandpoint Sen. Shawn Keough says it could do more for small, rural areas like those in her North Idaho district.

Maynard: Markets likely to improve slightly, from ‘tepid’ to ‘luke-warm’

“Tepid” has been “kind of the word for the decade so far” when it comes to the stock market, Bob Maynard, chief investment officer for the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho, told lawmakers today. “This year, as I speak, the capital markets outlook is warmer than it was previously but still...

State employee pay still lags, despite this year’s 3% merit raises

Idaho state employee pay remains more than 20 percent below market rates, according to a new state report, despite the 3 percent merit raises that lawmakers granted state workers this year; you can read my full story here at spokesman.com. “It was a lot of money,”...

Idaho lawmakers consider changing asset forfeiture laws

Two state lawmakers are working on a bill to change laws police use to seize property during drug seizure cases. Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, is working on the bill with Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian, in hopes of ensuring property is only seized if it is directly connected to drug crimes, The Times-News reports...