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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017

Residency questions raised about controversial north-central Idaho lawmaker

A controversial north-central Idaho legislator, who’s made her mark as an extreme stickler for the rules, may not have been qualified to run for the office she holds because she …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017

Idaho officials pitch new plan to address Medicaid gap

Idaho officials said Thursday they have found a creative solution to provide health care to poor residents who do not have medical coverage while simultaneously limiting the state’s ongoing health …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017

Lawmakers: Idaho ‘uniquely poised’ to stiffen campaign, lobbying disclosure requirements

Idaho is “uniquely poised” to make major improvements in its public disclosure system, state lawmakers on a special panel said Monday, from requiring more and more frequent reports from candidates, …


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017

North Idaho Rep. Redman won’t seek another term, will ‘term-limit’ himself

North Idaho Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, has announced that he won’t seek re-election after his current term ends next year.


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017

Denney: OK to ‘buy’ a legislator, as long as it’s transparent

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney told lawmakers Wednesday that if it were up to him, he’d be fine with no limits on campaign contributions, as long as all are …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017

In packed courtroom, Idaho justices hear arguments in grocery tax case

Four Idaho Supreme Court justices had sharp questions for both sides, as they heard arguments Thursday in a court challenge to Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation repealing the state’s …


Mainstream ethics laws overdue in Idaho

The state remains just one of three without financial disclosure requirements for any elected or appointed state official.


Idaho Legislature to re-examine ethics, campaign finance laws

Idaho is one of just three states with no financial disclosure requirements for state legislators – or any elected or appointed state official. It also lacks “revolving-door” laws that in …


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017

Idaho Gov. Otter wants more education improvements, tax cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in his annual address to the business community on Wednesday, touted the state’s current economic growth and said it’s proof his strategy during the recession worked, …


Idaho lawmaker per diem dustup raises questions

Legislative leaders say there’s no easy solution to address questions once again surrounding how much Idaho lawmakers are entitled to receive when offsetting legislative expenses.


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017

Shawn Vestal: Idaho lawmakers stand up again for the religious right of parents to let their children die

How many dead children per year is the going price for religious freedom? One? Three? Seven?


Idaho’s anti-dairy spying lawsuit attracts supporters

A dozen groups representing food safety supporters, free speech advocates and labor unions are helping fight the Idaho law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities.


Idaho board approves $150 million in bonds to address I-84

Idaho transportation officials have agreed to spend $150 million in newly approved bonds to repair and add lanes on Interstate 84 near Nampa.


UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017

Idaho lawmakers challenge veto of grocery tax repeal

Two lawmakers from eastern Idaho say Gov. Butch Otter missed the deadline to veto legislation that would have repealed the 6 percent sales tax on groceries.


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017

Idaho governor allows $320 million road plan to become law

A frustrated Idaho Gov. Butch Otter allowed a $320 million transportation funding plan to become law on Tuesday, despite lodging multiple criticisms against key aspects of the measure.


Idaho governor signs nearly 60 bills into law

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed more than 60 bills into law, including the state’s $1.7 billion public schools budget for next year.


Idaho employers to pay the cost of political infighting

Idaho employers will pay millions of dollars more than necessary in unemployment insurance taxes after a bill that was supposed to lower those costs failed on the final day of …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017

Freshmen lawmakers announce formation of Idaho Freedom Caucus

Two freshmen representatives looking for a productive way to advance conservative ideals announced the formation of an Idaho House Freedom Caucus on Monday.


Disruptive Idaho session prompts bill to change process

An Idaho Democrat wants to amend the state’s Constitution to no longer require lawmakers from reading an entire bill aloud before they can vote on it.


Bill lifting some alcohol restrictions moves to Idaho House

An Idaho House panel has advanced legislation repealing the state’s ban on nudity and explicit live performances at certain businesses licensed to serve alcohol.


Idaho panel backs $126 million resolution to purchase office space

The Idaho House has approved a resolution authorizing state officials to negotiate the purchase of $126 million in new office space.


Idaho Senate spikes transportation funding plan

The Idaho Senate on Wednesday killed a roughly $320 million transportation funding plan, effectively squashing hope of passing any significant funding proposal to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges …


Bill repealing sales tax on groceries clears Idaho Senate

The Idaho Senate has approved legislation repealing the state’s taxation on groceries despite receiving strong opposition from both Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and legislative leaders.


Bill altering regulation of oil and gas moves to Idaho House

An Idaho legislative panel has advanced a bill that significantly alters the state’s rules on natural gas and oil production to the full House for amendments.


Idaho House panel spikes victims’ rights amendment

An Idaho House panel has spiked a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution to expand the rights of crime victims and their families.


Attorney General Wasden’s budget narrowly clears Idaho House

Idaho House lawmakers used Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s budget plan for fiscal year 2018 to highlight their displeasure with the chief legal officer’s recent agreement to repeal two anti-abortion laws.


$10 million Medicaid gap bill dies in Idaho Senate

The Idaho Senate has killed a $10 million plan to provide basic health services to the state’s neediest population.


Public schools budget easily passes Idaho House

Idaho’s public schools funding proposal for fiscal year 2018 – the largest share of the state’s budget – has cleared the Idaho House.


Faith-healing bill advances to Idaho Senate

Legislation that would tweak Idaho’s laws allowing families to cite religious reasons for medical decisions without fear of being charged with neglect or abuse is headed to the Idaho Senate.


Remote testimony idea praised

An effort to allow remote testimony at legislative hearings was introduced in the House Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday, though it isn’t expected to advance this session.