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After a defeat by 33 votes in March, the only of the three largest Kootenai County School Districts to lose at the ballot box, Post Falls schools adjusted the language of the measure slightly. They're still asking for a total of $9.9 million over two years, dollars that are not "supplemental" as the levy title suggests but necessary to continue school functions, Superintendent Dena Naccarato said.
On the 100th day of Idaho's legislative session, senators reintroduced a wolf-killing bill. House members debated over, but didn't approve, cutting half a vacant position in the lieutenant governor's office. And they passed a measure that would allow legislators to call themselves into a special session. They have yet to introduce critical education funding they must pass this year.
BOISE – The Idaho House of Representatives on Tuesday rejected a nearly $6 million federal grant aimed at improving child care, as some members argued that the state should do nothing to help mothers enter the workforce.
BOISE – More than 20 years ago, Chris Tapp was sentenced to life in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. On Tuesday, he sat in the House gallery a free man, watching as Idaho legislators unanimously passed a bill he helped push.
A panel of Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation that would outlaw an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Friday ripped state lawmakers for jeopardizing efforts to fight the coronavirus and called on residents to contact their senators and representatives as they push legislation aiming to strip away some of his authority during a crisis like the pandemic.
BOISE – Angry, maskless spectators forced themselves into the Idaho House special session on the coronavirus pandemic Monday, shattering a glass door, rushing into the gallery that had limited seating because of the virus and forcing lawmakers to ask for calm in a crowd that included a man carrying an assault-style weapon.
Idaho officials are moving forward with legislation banning transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates
Idaho Gov. Brad Little has appointed a Coeur d’Alene pastor who survived six gunshot wounds, to replace a state representative who was recently expelled after a tax evasion conviction.
Idaho Rep. John O. Green’s expulsion from the Legislature is well-deserved.
If Idaho state workers’ pay raises are dependent on performance, why do directors and agency heads get 3% across the board?
Even though Idaho citizens voted by initiative to expand Medicaid after years of legislative resistance, legislative resistance has not gone away.
Legislation to increase penalties for a person who attacks an Idaho Parks and Recreation employee authorized to enforce state laws is heading to Gov. Brad Little
A conservative lawyer from Post Falls, who recently won a landslide election to the Idaho House of Representatives, is facing federal charges in Texas alleging that years ago he helped a well-heeled couple avoid federal taxes by hiding the proceeds from the sale of gold coins.
If children in Idaho are looking for love from the Legislature – or simple protection from zealot parents – they’re not going about it the right way.
Legislation to amend the state’s constitution to expand the rights of crime victims and their families will get a hearing
Three freshman lawmakers presented their first bills to the full Idaho House on Monday, and House members responded with their usual hazing – most of the members voting “no,” then changing their votes at the last minute so that the largely non-controversial bills easily passed.
The first bill introduced in the 2019 legislative session addresses a water battle that has been building for years in southwestern Idaho.
Members of the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee are steamed at Gov. Butch Otter for deciding the state should wait a year to re-bid its state employee health insurance contract, when they passed a budget bill this year that specifically says it’ll happen by July 1, 2019 — not July 1, 2020, as Otter now wants.
From my Sunday column this week: Legislators take turns wearing Barbieri’s colorful necktie; and new suicide prevention in Idaho schools...