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Hill to Senate: Tax policy is exciting, affects everyone…

Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, a retired CPA, told the Senate, “I get excited about tax policy – I guess it’s one of my character defects. And I get excited talking about this bill.” He’s presenting HB 463, the $200 million income tax cut...

Um, so who is governor today?

When the governor is out of state, the lieutenant governor fills in as acting governor. And when both the governor and lieutenant governor are out of state, that duty falls to the president pro-tem of the state Senate. And if the pro-tem also is out...

Legislative leaders optimistic new panel can help state close coverage gap

Idaho’s top House and Senate leaders expressed optimism Friday that a new legislative panel can help state lawmakers resolve their differences and find a way to cover the 78,000 Idahoans who fall into a health coverage gap. House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill named 10 lawmakers to a bipartisan “working group”...

Idaho health coverage gap can be closed, lawmakers believe

Idaho’s top House and Senate leaders expressed optimism Friday that a new legislative panel can help state lawmakers resolve their differences and find a way to cover the 78,000 Idahoans who fall into a health coverage gap.

‘All business’ approach will compete with pre-election posturing in Idaho Legislature

BOISE – When the Idaho Legislature convenes Monday, it will face a push-pull between two competing goals for the session: A desire for a quick, “all-business” session that wraps up well before the May primary election, versus a desire to roll out hot-button issues on which lawmakers want to stake out stands before they seek re-election.

Idaho Gov. Otter signs child support legislation

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed newly passed child support enforcement legislation into law Tuesday and praised lawmakers who overwhelmingly passed the bill in a one-day special session Monday. “It’s fine to speculate and important to question issues surrounding the relationship between the state and federal governments,” said Otter, who had called the special session that brought the lawmakers back to Boise. “But the bottom line is this legislation will keep many thousands of Idaho’s single parents and children from potentially losing the court-ordered support of noncustodial parents. In the end, I’m grateful that everyone got to voice their concerns and the process worked.”

Eye on Boise: Education top priority before close of Idaho Legislature

House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill say the Idaho Legislature can still wrap up its session by March 27, as long as it addresses education funding. Both also want to see movement on transportation funding, to address a $262 million annual road maintenance shortfall. But Bedke told the Idaho Press Club last week, “I think it is possible that we’ll do education and go home. It’s not my desire that we do that, but certainly it’s possible.”

Idaho lawmakers get ethics training

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers will undergo four hours of ethics training today, in a mandatory session for all 105 senators and representatives. It’s the second straight year the mandatory ethics training has been offered to state lawmakers. “Ethics is more than statute – it’s governed by character,” said Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg.