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Stories tagged: idaho legislature

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Coeur d’Alene pastor who survived shooting replaces expelled legislator

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.

Shawn Vestal: John O. Green is not a fool nor an Idaho legislator

Idaho Rep. John O. Green’s expulsion from the Legislature is well-deserved.

Eye on Boise: Double-standard exists for state employee pay

If Idaho state workers’ pay raises are dependent on performance, why do directors and agency heads get 3% across the board?

Shawn Vestal: Idaho lawmakers inexplicably keep demanding Medicaid work requirements

Even though Idaho citizens voted by initiative to expand Medicaid after years of legislative resistance, legislative resistance has not gone away.

Measure increasing penalty for attacking Idaho parks officers clears House; heads to Gov. Little

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

UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019

Idaho lawmaker charged with federal tax evasion in Texas

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 …

Shawn Vestal: If kids in Idaho want attention from the Legislature, they should point a gun at a federal official

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.

Victims’ rights amendment to get hearing in Senate panel

Legislation to amend the state’s constitution to expand the rights of crime victims and their families will get a hearing

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019

Idaho House passes 3 freshman members’ first bills, amid hazing

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 …

First bill introduced in Idaho Legislature involves water

The first bill introduced in the 2019 legislative session addresses a water battle that has been building for years in southwestern Idaho.

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, …

Huckleberry pie, Sharia law and CBD oil: proposals in the Idaho Legislature that had steam but went cold

Some legislative proposals made a big splash early in this year’s Idaho legislative session, only to quietly fade away later, and never become law.

Idaho kills gun control bill aimed at domestic abusers

Idaho’s House has spiked a proposal that would have prevented convicted domestic abusers from owning guns.

UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018

Idaho lawmakers kill cannabis oil bill during apparently illegal closed-door committee meeting

A proposal to legalize oil extracted from cannabis plants is likely dead for the year after a group of lawmakers on Monday broke out in turmoil during a last-minute attempt …

Idaho lawmakers introduce $202 million tax cut plan

Idaho legislators introduced Gov. Butch Otter’s $202 million tax cut plan Tuesday.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017

Rep. Giddings receives stay in property tax case for military service

Idaho state Rep. Priscilla Giddings has requested and received a stay until April 1, due to military service, of an Ada County notice ordering her to repay the county about …

Eye on Boise: Idaho businesses want 2016 noncompete law repealed

More than 100 Idaho business leaders, ranging from high-tech CEOs to small-business owners to engineers, marketers and manufacturers, have

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017

Kootenai County road case goes to Idaho Supreme Court

The Idaho Supreme Court heard arguments Friday in a Kootenai County road-easement case that already has prompted a change in state law, but still has left plaintiff Brent Regan without …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

Idaho lawmakers to undergo mandatory training on workplace harassment

All Idaho state lawmakers will attend mandatory “respectful workplace training” on the second day of this year’s legislative session.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

Otter sends warning: He still opposes repeal of Idaho’s grocery tax

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter drew a line in the sand Wednesday, warning that he’s still firmly opposed to removing Idaho’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries.

Eye on Boise: Crapo parts with Bowles, Simpson over deficits to back tax cut

Anti-deficit activists Alan Simpson, the former GOP senator from Wyoming, and Erskine Bowles, the former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, spoke out against the GOP tax plan when …

Newly appointed Idaho lawmaker filed for bankruptcy in March

A newly appointed state senator in eastern Idaho is in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings.

Study shows Idaho’s overall taxes are lowest in the region, 48th in nation

Even as Idaho politicians continue to call for tax cuts, a new state study shows Idaho’s overall taxes are the lowest in the region and rank 48th in the nation.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017

Idaho’s October revenues took a hit as state made catch-up payment to Meridian developer

Idaho state tax revenues fell below forecasts in October for the first time this fiscal year, coming in $8 million short – and a quarter of the shortfall was because …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017

Idaho lawmakers study trucking taxes, 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 …

Eye on Boise: Ada County asks Rep. Giddings to repay homeowner’s exemption

Ada County is moving to collect back taxes from state Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, for claiming a homeowner’s exemption for her Garden City home in 2016 while also claiming …

Eye on Boise: Idaho Senate GOP leadership posts draw hopefuls

Leadership contests are taking shape in the Idaho Senate, as the departure of longtime Majority Leader Bart Davis prompts a ripple effect through the Senate GOP leadership.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Idaho lawmakers reject removal of campaign donation limits; call for more reporting, disclosure

A bipartisan working group of Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously rejected a proposal to eliminate all of Idaho’s limits on campaign contributions, and instead endorsed changes in the state’s Sunshine …

Eye on Boise: Lawmaker thankful for ‘America, the land of redemption’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Tony Potts, a property manager and salesman at Bish’s RV Supercenter in Idaho Falls, to replace longtime Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017

Plans for conservative ‘Freedom Caucus’ in Idaho House on hold amid dissension

The co-sponsor of a new legislative caucus for Idaho’s House conservatives said the effort has temporarily stalled, largely because certain “far-right” lawmakers seem unwilling to work toward consensus.