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Former Idaho Gov. Butch Otter joins cobalt mining company

Roughly seven weeks after leaving office, former Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has joined the board of a Canadian mining company that is expanding into Idaho.

Idaho may pay legal fees after losing ‘dairy spying’ lawsuit

A panel of Idaho officials will meet next week to consider paying $260,000 for attorney fees and other costs after losing a lawsuit over an unconstitutional law that sought to …

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 25, 2018

Gov. Butch Otter launches post-election farewell tour

Gov. Butch Otter’s post-election farewell tour included visits to Boise’s business community.

Eye on Boise: Idaho has incarcerated 223 for statutory rape since 1972

Gov. Butch Otter’s recent pardon of a man who had been convicted of the statutory rape of his underage girlfriend when he was 18 raised an interesting question: How many …

Gov. C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter: Proposition 1 is clear, necessary, and right for Idaho

Idaho voters can and should vote “Yes” on Proposition 1 and help revive an industry that embodies our Idaho values of hard work and fairness, entrepreneurialism, and our commitment to …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018

Otter endorses ballot initiative to revive horse racing

Many aspects of Idaho’s horse culture, including ranch work and rodeo, depend on a viable horse racing industry, Gov. Butch Otter said.

Idaho governor: Inmates won’t be housed in barracks

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s office announced Monday the state won’t house and jail inmates in National Guard barracks despite being asked to consider the option by top correction officials facing …

Otter, JFAC clash over governor’s proposed delay in re-bidding state employee insurance contract

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, …

Idaho Supreme Court OKs delaying water battle arguments

The Idaho Supreme Court will postpone arguments surrounding a key water battle to allow parties on both sides of the case to discuss a possible settlement.

Northern Idaho judge appointed to state’s high court

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed 2nd District Judge John Stegner of Moscow to the Idaho Supreme Court.

UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018

Idaho OKs Bogus Basin ski area plan involving snowmaking

Idaho on Tuesday approved a plan by Bogus Basin Recreation Association officials that involves building a water-storage dam and putting in underground pipes to make artificial snow for consistent pre-Christmas …

UPDATED: Sun., April 15, 2018

Idaho governor pardons former drug offender

Gov. Butch Otter has pardoned an Idaho drug offender whose methamphetamine and heroin use led him to prison but has since been able to get his life back on track.

UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018

Otter touts education improvements, tax cuts as lawmakers depart

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday put education improvements at the top of his list of accomplishments of this year’s just-concluded legislative session, the last one of his three terms …

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Idaho Legislature wraps up 80-day legislative session without overriding Otter’s vetoes

The Idaho Legislature wrapped up an 80-day legislative session on Wednesday, opting at the end not to try to override a veto from Gov. Butch Otter, though lawmakers had remained …

UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018

Idaho House fails to override Otter’s veto of teacher-evaluation bill

Idaho lawmakers failed to override Gov. Butch Otter’s first veto of the year on Tuesday, failing to even rally a majority of the House – let alone the required two-thirds …

UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018

Otter signs 45 bills into law, vetoes one

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed 45 bills into law on Monday, including measures encouraging gun safety classes in Idaho schools; overhauling the state’s foster care laws; expanding suicide prevention education; …

UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018

Otter lets ‘stand your ground’ law take effect, though he says it would OK shooting mischievous kids

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Wednesday allowed a “stand your ground” gun-rights bill to become law without his signature – though he said it would legally allow mischievous Idaho kids …

UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018

Idaho health care gap bill once again pulled from House, despite tearful opposition

For the second time this year – and after six straight years of inaction – the Idaho House on Wednesday sent the governor’s health coverage gap bill back to committee, …

UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018

Rep. Perry gets Otter’s health-gap coverage bill revived for possible full House vote

In a surprise move Monday, an Idaho House committee revived Gov. Butch Otter’s “Idaho Health Care Plan” proposal and sent the dual-waiver measure to the full House for debate.

UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018

Trump administration tells Idaho ‘no’ on non-ACA compliant health insurance plans

The Trump administration sent a letter to Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday turning thumbs-down on his proposal to allow the sale of health insurance plans in Idaho that aren’t …

UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018

Senate panel vacates vote used to kill marijuana oil bill

An Idaho Senate panel on Tuesday vacated a decision that halted a proposal to legalize oil extracted from cannabis plants because it was held after an open meeting violation.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018

Otter’s health coverage gap bill pulled

Gov. Butch Otter’s dual-waiver Idaho Health Care Plan was pulled from the Idaho House on Tuesday without a vote and sent back to committee, a dramatic defeat for Otter and …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018

Eye on Boise: Otter welcomes debate over competing tax-cut bills

Two alternative tax-cut plans – competing with Gov. Butch Otter’s big income tax-cut proposal, which already has passed the House – were introduced in the Idaho Legislature last week, and …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018

Murray, Otter in war of words over Idaho’s health insurance move

Washington Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday criticized Idaho’s decision to allow the sale of health insurance plans that don’t comply with Obamacare rules as “illegal Idaho junk plans,” prompting Idaho …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018

Otter admits lawmakers not backing his higher ed CEO plan

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter appears to be conceding that lawmakers won’t back his proposal for a new higher education CEO this year.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018

Lawmakers question tax commissioner nominee over marriage

Idaho lawmakers took turns grilling a newly appointed state tax commissioner over concerns surrounding her marriage to one of the Legislature’s most vocal tax cut proponents.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018

Otter signs first bill, cutting taxes for Idaho employers

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed the first bill of the year into law – the unemployment insurance tax cut for Idaho employers.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

Otter, Little hit road to promote new, cheaper health insurance option

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little have hit the road to promote their executive order asking Idaho insurers to offer cheaper plans that don’t comply with all …

Eye on Boise: Otter’s higher ed CEO proposal gets rocky reception in Legislature

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal to add a high-paid new CEO of higher education next year to oversee consolidating business functions among the state’s universities drew heavy flak in the …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018

Idaho wolf control board seeks another $400K next year to kill problem wolves

A state board charged with contracting to have problem wolves killed asked state lawmakers for another $400,000 on Friday, though the board has received that amount from the state each …