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Leaders convey water-rights fears

BOISE – Angry North Idaho county commissioners spoke out Wednesday against the proposed adjudication, or legal sorting-out, of all the water rights in North Idaho. “I was a part of …


DEQ director calls lake plan ‘difficult issue’

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers are worried that the state still lacks the cooperative lake management plan for Lake Coeur d’Alene that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said would prevent it …


Lawmakers introduce grocery tax credit

BOISE – Much-anticipated grocery tax relief legislation was introduced in the Idaho Legislature on Wednesday, but hopes that it represented a compromise with Gov. Butch Otter were immediately dashed. Otter’s …


Idaho Guard wants Sandpoint armory

BOISE – The Idaho National Guard is requesting a new $400,000 armory in Sandpoint, after the area generated more than 30 recruits in the year and a half since the …


Otter has hip-resurfacing procedure

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter underwent hip surgery Tuesday, but he hasn’t asked Lt. Gov. Jim Risch to take over. “There’s no good time for something like this,” Otter …


Idaho prisons rife with gang violence

BOISE – Idaho’s prison population is getting more violent as gangs extend their reach throughout the prison system. “We are having many, many incidents with our gang members,” said Pam …


Family Task Force’s recommendations flop

BOISE – In perhaps the biggest flop of Idaho’s legislative session so far, the 14 recommendations from the House Family Task Force – from encouraging more premarital counseling to drafting …


Ed board chief promises change

BOISE – Idaho’s troubled state Board of Education should limit itself to policy-setting and not try to run programs, the board’s interim director told state lawmakers Friday. “To the extent …


Medical school isn’t a magic pill

With all the talk about a possible medical school for Idaho, University of Idaho President Tim White sounded a cautionary note to legislators this week. “There’s really not a correlation …


Boating safety bill rejected

BOISE – Lawmakers rejected proposed safe boating legislation Thursday, saying it went much too far. “You don’t even want a kid in a canoe, then, is that what this bill …


Idaho’s ed chief pares teacher merit pay plan

BOISE – State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna trimmed back his teacher merit pay proposal Thursday, but legislative budget writers made it clear he hadn’t trimmed enough. Luna’s move came …


Tax exemption reform gets cool reception

BOISE – After six months’ study of Idaho’s huge array of tax exemptions, the first run at actually repealing any hit a brick wall Thursday in the House Revenue & …


Idaho hopes to repeal Election Day liquor ban

BOISE – A 1939 law is costing the state up to $400,000 in liquor sales every time there’s an election, state liquor chief Dyke Nally told lawmakers Tuesday. “Idaho is …


Idaho poor don’t get grocery credit

BOISE – As Idaho legislators spar with Gov. Butch Otter over whether grocery tax relief should be targeted to the needy or granted across the board, few realize that poor …


Idaho task force looks at stricter marriage law

BOISE – Idaho could enact a “covenant marriage” law to discourage divorce, encourage more premarital counseling, rethink domestic violence restraining order laws and require a “family impact statement” on every …


Panel proposes tax break review

BOISE – Idaho should do away with its investment tax credit, repeal three other tax breaks and review a long list of others, a joint legislative interim committee decided Tuesday. …


State panel re-examining tax break policies

BOISE – State Sen. Brent Hill says he’s not against tax breaks – as a CPA, he’s spent a career searching them out for his clients. But as the chairman …


State minimum wage rises to $5.85

BOISE – When Idaho lawmakers passed a minimum wage bill this year, it was derided as a “do-nothing” bill intended to stave off a farther-reaching measure and quiet a wide …


Father leads fight for abuse laws

BOISE – Paul Steed’s sons are adults now, but as youngsters at a Boy Scout camp in eastern Idaho, they reported a camp official who was molesting boys. No one …


Otter clears way for repaying Cabela’s

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter on Monday signed into law a bill to allow a new Cabela’s store in Post Falls to pay for a new freeway interchange on Interstate …


Capitol Notebook

Boatright sees funds for Head Start Sen. Clyde Boatright said Wednesday he’s hopeful this is the year Idaho will end its distinction as one of nine states that provides no …


Legislative Action

VETOED BY GOVERNOR HB323 (State Affairs) Requires the emergency management agency to reimburse public employers for benefits due their employees who are responding to emergency situations. SB1202 (Local Government and …


Legislative Action

Defeated by House HB155 (Business) Allows installation of unvented room heaters in residential construction. Legislative Action Complete HCR2 (Simpson) Creates a special legislative committee to study electricity deregulation.