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Former state Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician and outspoken advocate of improving health care in Idaho, says after much consideration, he’s decided against running for governor next year – at least for now.
With the news that Amazon will begin collecting state sales tax from Idaho shoppers starting on April 1, Idaho’s state general fund coffers stand to gain $15 million to $30 million next year and each year thereafter.
The Legislature’s joint budget committee finished setting state agency budgets on Friday, appropriating more than $3.4 billion for next year, a 5.4 percent increase from this year’s budget.
The Yakima City Council will vote Tuesday on finalists for the city manager position, but the public won’t know their identities.
The Cassia County Commission has approved audio recordings of their weekly business meetings after the board was caught violating government transparency laws. The Times-News reports that commissioners voted Monday to approve the practice. Recordings will be embedded in the minutes of their meetings on the county's website...
The rancor that burst into the open this week among the three county commissioners seemed very much like high-stakes drama, or at least a very soapy opera: squabbling and bad blood and political maneuvering and rumored alliances and the clear sense of an irrevocable break.
Idaho lawmakers say there will be no more secret meetings of a group working on state tax policy – all meetings from this point on will be open to the public and follow notice requirements of the Idaho Open Meeting Law.
It appears that the secrecy has ended: Notice has been officially posted on the Legislature’s website here of an upcoming Oct. 6 meeting of the Tax Working Group, and co-chairs Sen. Jeff Siddoway and Rep. Gary Collins have declared that from this point on, the...
Watchers of the Idaho Legislature are reeling over the news that a panel of state lawmakers from both houses has been meeting all summer to discuss tax policy and tax relief in near secrecy. The group is not listed among the official legislative interim committees or task forces that have been holding open public meetings streamed live on the Internet. “It’s not an interim committee per se,” House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said Friday. “It’s more of an ad hoc working group.”
The public is invited to attend any of three upcoming free workshops on Idaho’s key open government laws – the Idaho Open Meeting Law and the Idaho Public Records Law – in McCall, Boise and Nampa, led by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. It’s a...
BOISE – A sharp increase in fines for violating the Idaho Open Meeting Law proposed by a representative from Idaho Falls ran into a buzz saw of opposition Thursday. Rep. Linden Bateman, a Republican, proposed increasing the maximum penalties to $500 from $50 for violations, and to $5,000 from $500 for knowing or repeated violations.
It was standing-room only in Sandpoint late last week as 75-plus people filled the Sandpoint Library’s community room for a three-hour workshop on Idaho’s open meeting and public records laws. There were four such sessions in North Idaho in as many days, all sponsored by Idahoans for Openness in Government and featuring Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Those attending ranged from the county sheriff to local elected officials to government employees, reporters, a newly elected state lawmaker and lots of interested citizens. However, the Bonner County Daily Bee, which co-sponsored the session, pointed out the next day that Sandpoint city officials skipped the workshop – and held a controversial, closed-to-the-public meeting about oil and coal train traffic in the region the same afternoon.