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UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017

Two sweeping transportation funding bills introduced in Idaho

Two sweeping transportation funding proposals were introduced in the Idaho Legislature on Friday, providing a first look at what legislative leaders will spend their time doing in the final weeks …


Boat inspection funding bill goes to Idaho governor’s desk

An emergency funding bill to expand the state’s boat inspection stations to check for invasive quagga and zebra mussels is headed to the governor’s desk for his approval.


Bill to raise awareness of birth defect-causing virus

Legislation to increase awareness about a virus that is one of the leading causes of birth defects and a threat to patients with impaired immune systems is headed to the …


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017

Idaho panel spikes latest body camera retention bill

Idaho legislative leaders have killed the latest attempt to regulate how long police departments retain body camera footage.


House panel kills proposal encouraging gun safety in schools

An Idaho House panel has spiked legislation encouraging public schools to offer gun safety courses as electives.


Bill would protect Idaho homeowners from squatters

Legislation seeking to protect homeowners and landlords from squatters is headed to the Idaho Senate.


Idaho Senate OKs bill supporting a national park

The Idaho Senate has backed a proposal urging Congress to turn Idaho’s Crater of the Moon National Monument into a national park.


Proposal to repeal abortion laws headed to Idaho House

A proposal to reverse two anti-abortion laws in Idaho is headed to the House floor.


Group introduces bill covering abortion laws in Idaho

A prominent anti-abortion group in Idaho has introduced legislation reversing two abortion laws at the center of a legal battle.


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017

Idaho Senate panel kills plan to raise smoking age to 21

A plan to bump Idaho’s legal smoking age from 18 to 21 has failed to win enough support among conservative Idaho lawmakers wary of curbing individual freedoms.


Washington, Oregon students eligible for expanded University of Idaho scholarship

High school graduates from Washington and Oregon with an accredited high school GPA will be eligible to receive savings of up to $11,000 annually on tuition and fees at the …


Bill designed to combat heroin abuse dies in Idaho House

The Idaho House has spiked a proposal designed to combat opioid addiction.


Idaho lawmakers eye changes to natural gas and oil rules

A bill intended to make significant changes to how Idaho regulates the state’s developing natural gas and oil industry has been introduced in the House Health and Welfare Committee.


Bill telling women abortion can be halted introduced

An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation requiring the state to distribute information telling women that a drug-induced abortion may be halted halfway through, despite physicians warning there’s not enough …


Bill limiting early voting headed to Idaho Senate

The Idaho House has advanced a measure that would put limits on early voting in Idaho. Republican Rep. Dustin Manwaring of Pocatello says Idaho currently lack a standardized system for …


Speeding bill headed to Idaho Senate

Legislation allowing drivers to speed while passing other vehicles on some highways faced few road bumps getting out of the Idaho House.


Idaho House panel introduces adult scholarship bill

An Idaho House panel has introduced a $3 million proposal to create scholarships for adult students with some college credits to return and finish their undergraduate degrees.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

New bill would allow Idahoans choices on Real ID compliance

An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation that would allow two options for driver’s licenses – one that complies with federal identification requirements and one that doesn’t.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017

After removing climate change information, Idaho House panel OKs new science standards

An Idaho House panel has approved new K-12 science standards, but only after striking key references to climate change caused by human behavior.


Bill would lower supermajority requirement for Idaho bonds

The threshold for approving municipality and school bonds would be lowered slightly under a new proposal recently introduced in the Idaho Statehouse.


Senate panel introduces new school vaccine opt-out bill

An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation that would allow parents simply to write a letter excusing their children from vaccines rather than fill out a governmental form. The Times-News …


Idaho’s horse racing revival efforts reveal divisions

The fight over Idaho’s faltering horse racing industry is building into a face-off between the Legislature and the governor’s office.


Idaho panel reintroduces sign language interpreter bill

An eastern Idaho lawmaker is once again backing legislation requiring sign language interpreters to get a professional license from a state board. Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a similar proposal in …


Idaho Democrat wants top-two primary system

A state senator from Boise wants to drastically change Idaho’s primary elections.


Idaho Gov. Otter orders cybersecurity improvements for Idaho

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed an executive order aimed at protecting the state’s computer networks from hackers. The order signed Monday creates a director of Information Security position, with …


New bill to require background checks for massage therapists

Massage therapists in Idaho would be required to undergo criminal background checks under recently introduced legislation. Mitch Toryanksi, with the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses, says that Idaho law does …


Idaho lawmakers approve update to child mental health rules

Idaho lawmakers are considering a set of rule changes that would strengthen a community approach to the state’s mental health treatment for children.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017

Idaho lawmaker eyes abortion, taxes for legislative session

A new Idaho lawmaker is looking to jump head first into state politics by sponsoring bills targeting abortions and tax reforms.


Idaho lawmakers undergo ethics training

Idaho lawmakers are starting the 2017 legislative session by participating in a half-day of ethics training.


Idaho lawmakers should refine loser-pays ruling

“Justice” and “frivolity” are slippery metrics. Nothing has been done in the last 30 years to explain just what lawmakers meant to define as “justice.”