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Otter signs grocery tax credit legislation

BOISE – Idahoans still will pay a 6 percent sales tax whenever they buy groceries, but now they’ll get more of that money back later – especially if they’re poor. …


Otter drops plan for road funds

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday backed away from his major proposal to lawmakers this year, to raise millions through new fees or taxes to address a giant …


Business tax cut survives, gets panel OK

BOISE – Nearly two dozen county, city and school officials from throughout Idaho implored senators to kill a giant business tax break bill during a four-hour hearing Monday, but a …


Immigration issue takes center stage

Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian, was put on the spot in a House committee when she presented her joint memorial to Congress decrying illegal immigration. That’s because the measure contains statements …


Senate raises grocery tax credit

BOISE – With support from all but one of North Idaho’s senators, the Idaho Senate on Thursday handily approved a boost in the state’s grocery tax credit, sending the legislation …


Three bills to repeal tax breaks clear panel

BOISE – The push to re-examine Idaho’s plethora of tax exemptions and tax breaks has dwindled to just three bills that would repeal three tax breaks. Meanwhile, new tax breaks …


Committee sends grocery tax bill to Senate

BOISE – Grocery tax relief could be on the way for Idahoans. A state Senate committee signed on Tuesday to a House-approved bill that would raise the state’s grocery tax …


Float home rent arbitration bill goes to House

BOISE – Bayview developer Bob Holland pulled out all the stops Monday to fight legislation to allow binding arbitration in float home rent disputes, but the bill passed anyway. SB …


Bill curbs felons’ rights, but runs afoul of law

BOISE – There was just one thing wrong with Idaho legislation to ban felons from running for sheriff – according to the Idaho Attorney General’s office, it was unconstitutional. The …


House backs bill to allow docks

BOISE – Idaho’s House of Representatives voted Monday to turn back the legal clock to 1953 to help certain North Idaho property owners who want to build docks despite a …


Idaho bill redefines land use definition

BOISE – Idaho has a “new natural resource” on its state endowment lands, lawmakers say: Wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and other renewable energy resources that could be profitably harnessed to …


Otter drops $150 car registration plan

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter withdrew his $150-a-car registration fee plan Wednesday, accusing lawmakers of trying to use him for “political cover” to avoid addressing Idaho’s transportation backlog. “I’m still …


Idaho revamps teacher pay plan

BOISE – In a rare move, the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee Wednesday reconsidered the teacher pay plan it approved a day earlier, passing an entirely new plan. This time, …


Idaho sets teacher pay funding

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers set state funding for teacher raises for the coming year at 2.2 percent Tuesday, while setting aside 3 percent to boost the minimum salary for starting …


Bill restores pre-1953 Lake CdA dock rights

BOISE – Legislation that passed a House committee Tuesday would restore for some North Idaho landowners the right to build docks on Lake Coeur d’Alene – something they lost when …


Latest push for day care regulations dies

BOISE – Legislation to impose at least minimal regulations on all Idaho day cares, including those caring for four or more unrelated children, died in committee Monday for the fourth …


Bill makes water adjudication voluntary

BOISE – Most North Idaho residents would not have to participate in a controversial water rights adjudication after all under legislation now moving toward final approval. But backers say they’ll …


Senate rejects merit pay for teachers

BOISE – The Idaho Senate rejected a controversial teacher merit pay plan Friday, after an impassioned debate that ran more than two hours. Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, …


Grocery tax relief bill to get public hearing

BOISE – New grocery tax relief legislation was introduced in the Idaho Legislature on Friday, just as a national report gave Idaho the “dubious distinction” of being the only state …


Otter back after hip chip repair

BOISE – Now we know why Gov. Butch Otter scheduled his hip-resurfacing surgery a month into the legislative session – just as lawmakers were taking up the agenda he laid …


Teacher merit pay plan clears Senate panel

BOISE - A divided Idaho Senate committee barely passed a teacher merit pay plan Tuesday, after weeks of hearings and heartfelt testimony and multiple revisions in the plan. “I think …


Clean drug tests could net scholarships

BOISE – Idaho teens soon may have another test to worry about if they want the state’s help paying for college. A urine test.


Legislators cut armory funding

BOISE – A plan to pay for a new Idaho National Guard armory in Sandpoint was rejected by legislative budget writers Thursday. It was the latest casualty, as Idaho lawmakers …


Boating safety legislation dies in House committee

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers rejected boating safety legislation Thursday that would have restricted young children who operate motorboats and personal watercraft. “I think it needs more work. I hope they’ll …


Teacher merit pay plan outlined

BOISE – Coeur d’Alene Sen. John Goedde unveiled a new teacher merit pay plan Tuesday, along with another bill to “streamline” teacher firings. Goedde, the Senate Education Committee chairman, told …


Water adjudication advances

BOISE – Three bills were approved, one will be amended, and five were killed in Idaho’s Senate Resources Committee on Wednesday, as the panel struggled to find middle ground on …


Bill bars felon sheriff hopefuls

BOISE – Idaho currently allows felons to run for sheriff and serve – even though sheriffs are the chief law enforcement officers for their counties and none of their deputies …


Deal brings new rest area to Idaho

BOISE – Idaho’s newest official state rest area is a Flying J truck stop. Wrapping the rest area into the truck stop through a public-private partnership cost the state just …


Bill would allow some exceptions to sentencing law

BOISE – A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Monday designed to let Idaho judges waive mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offenders if the crime stems from addiction that …


Fuel tax pacts clear panel

BOISE – An Idaho Senate panel has voted unanimously to ratify fuel tax agreements that Gov. Butch Otter negotiated with the Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce, Kootenai and Shoshone-Bannock tribes. “These …