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Idaho Courts: Balance of powers and food sales tax

When Idaho’s legislative and executive branches face off in court on June 15, much will be at stake. First, there’s the fate of the state’s unpopular 6 percent sales tax on groceries. If the group of 30 lawmakers who sued wins the case, the tax would go away, following a two-year phaseout.

Judge dismisses Idaho lawsuit over now-repealed telemedicine abortion ban

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging two anti-abortion laws in Idaho now that lawmakers have repealed the targeted statutes. In 2015, Planned Parenthood sued the state over two newly enacted bans that prohibited women from receiving abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine...

Planned Parenthood, Wasden move to dismiss abortion suit

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Planned Parenthood say it’s time to dismiss a lawsuit challenging two anti-abortion laws in Idaho. Earlier this year, a federal judge agreed to give the Legislature time to repeal two laws passed in 2015 banning women from receiving abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine. Lawmakers begrudgingly...

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 long-simmering fight over the growing industry.

Overhaul of Idaho oil and gas laws includes new commission

A revamped commission overseeing Idaho's natural gas and oil industry and a beefed-up state agency to aid that effort emerged from this year's legislative session along with more detailed reporting requirements for oil companies. The new laws and rules are a major course change for Idaho as expected windfalls of oil and gas money to state...

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 the Idaho Constitution to allow lawmakers to reconvene to override a veto that’s issued after they adjourn for the year. “It’s not uncommon, it’s not some sort of strange idea...

Group of lawmakers files suit over grocery tax repeal veto

A group of 30 lawmakers, including some legislative leaders, is urging the Idaho Supreme Court to overturn a nearly 40-year-old ruling on when the governor can veto a bill. According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday, lawmakers contend that Gov. Butch Otter violated the Idaho Constitution earlier this year when he vetoed a proposal that would...

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

After Idaho lawmakers this year rejected five proposed school science standards regarding climate change, saying they weren’t sufficiently balanced, the state Department of Education is gathering public input on how to rewrite the standards. So far, meetings in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Fort Hall have drawn comments overwhelmingly in favor...

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 rewrite the standards. So far, meetings in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Fort Hall have drawn comments overwhelmingly in favor of the rejected standards. This week, meetings will be held Tuesday evening in Boise, Wednesday in Lewiston and Thursday in Coeur d’Alene.

Nate, Zollinger say Otter missed veto deadline on grocery tax bill, threaten to sue

Two eastern Idaho state representatives and a former GOP congressional candidate are threatening to sue to overturn Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of the grocery tax repeal bill, contending it occurred after the deadline and the bill actually became law without Otter’s signature, reports Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public Television. You can read Davlin’s...

Otter vetoes grocery tax repeal, saying costs ‘too high’

The governor of Idaho has vetoed a legislative measure that would have repealed the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries, the AP reports. Gov. Butch Otter rejected the tax repeal Tuesday evening. Otter wrote in his veto message that the costs of the proposal are too high and the potential for imminent financial need too great...