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Politics over policy? Critics decry bill to put Idaho agency hiring in governor’s hands

The futures of a storied Idaho park and a planned highway without a dollar to its name have become oddly entangled as one lawmaker tries to bring more control to the governor’s office, the Idaho Statesman reports. Last month, House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, introduced a bill that would shift the hiring of three...

Idaho House panel backs restriction on city, county changes to building codes

Builders, architects and local officials from across Idaho urged strongly against it – as did the state association of fire chiefs – but a House committee on Tuesday passed legislation to forbid cities or counties from adopting any residential building code provisions that are more up-to-date or more stringent than those adopted by a state board.

Lawmakers study trucking fees, then opt for no change

After months of hearings and reports, an interim committee of the Idaho Legislature charged with re-examining truck registration fees in Idaho - in the wake of a 2010 state report that showed truckers are underpaying for their impact on Idaho roads, while motorists are overpaying - wrapped up its business Thursday, deciding not to recommend any...

Repeal of Idaho’s fee on hybrid cars may be dead

Legislation to repeal an unpopular $75 annual fee on hybrid vehicles that Idaho lawmakers passed last year may be dead for this year, unless House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer belatedly decides to give the Senate-passed bill a hearing.

Idaho lawmakers to receive formal ethics training

BOISE – After a string of ethical lapses and questions about Idaho lawmakers’ conduct, new lawmakers will face something unprecedented when they arrive in Boise for their organizational session next week: formal ethics training. That’s not all. When the Legislature convenes its 2013 session the second week of January, business will pause on the session’s third day as all lawmakers – veterans and newcomers – are put through an hourslong ethics training session.

House OKs parking garage by Capitol

BOISE – The sponsor of a bill to disable parking meters around the Idaho Capitol – whose son racked up numerous unpaid parking tickets in that area – now is co-sponsoring a bill that would instead pay to build a $7 million parking garage nearby. The Idaho House approved the bill, which now moves to the Idaho Senate. The state would use savings from refinancing existing state bonds to pay for the multilevel garage.

Lawmaker says bill not driven by son’s tickets

BOISE – Idaho’s House transportation chairman, who pushed a bill through the House last week to shut off parking meters around the state Capitol during legislative sessions, didn’t disclose that his 24-year-old son has been issued numerous parking tickets in the area and had his car towed on the first day of this year’s legislative session. Instead, state Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, told the House, “The reason I’m bringing this bill is because I had a constituent come to me.”

Idaho rep’s parking meter bill came after son’s car towed

Idaho's House transportation chairman, who successfully pushed a bill through the House last week to shut off parking meters around the state Capitol during legislative sessions, didn't disclose that his 24-year-old son has gotten numerous parking tickets in the area and had his car towed on the first day of this year's legislative session.

Bill would shut off parking meters

BOISE – The Idaho House voted 41-27 Thursday to shut off parking meters around the state Capitol during legislative sessions, over the objections of the city of Boise and an array of Boise legislators. House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, said he’s “had my share” of parking tickets, but that’s not why he brought the bill. He said a constituent complained to him after sitting for four hours in a legislative hearing without getting to testify, then ended up with a parking ticket, too.