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Idaho Legislature reshuffles committee posts, gears up for session

A reshuffling of key committee posts at the Idaho Legislature on Thursday brought 10 new members to the key panel that writes the state budget, a new Senate tax chairman, …


Idaho lawmakers unlikely to repeal legislative retirement perk; set for pay raises

It’s unlikely Idaho lawmakers will do away with a special retirement perk for certain legislators – even though a citizens commission this year called for lawmakers to reconsider the perk. …


Idaho legislative panel calls for closing health coverage gap, but no agreement on how

A legislative working group that held months of meetings and hearings voted unanimously on Tuesday to call for the 2017 Idaho Legislature to take action to address the state’s health …


Legislative leaders say Idaho’s work to close health coverage gap isn’t ending

The work of examining alternatives to close Idaho’s health coverage gap isn’t over.


Idaho Legislature will have just one Democrat from north of Boise

If you thought the Idaho Legislature couldn’t get more Republican, think again. Tuesday’s election results bumped up the GOP supermajority in the Idaho Legislature from 80 percent to 84 percent, …


North Idaho GOP incumbents win big in legislative races

With every seat in the Idaho Legislature up for a vote, most incumbents held their seats and the Legislature retained its overwhelmingly GOP cast in Tuesday’s general election. But two …


Idaho lawmakers optimistic about closing coverage gap

Idaho lawmakers on a special committee examining options for addressing the state’s health coverage gap met most of the day Monday without reaching any consensus, but the panel’s co-chairs say …


Dozens offer emotional testimony for and against Idaho’s faith-healing laws

Idaho lawmakers on a special panel looking into issues surrounding the state’s faith-healing laws took more than two hours of emotional testimony on both sides of the issue Monday, but …


Eye on Boise: Legislators in Congress split on budget vote

Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation split down the middle late last week as the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a continuing resolution to fund the government – avoiding a government shutdown …


Idaho launches new state suicide prevention program

Idaho’s suicide rate has long been far above the national average; the state had the 9th highest suicide rate in the country in 2014. But now, it has something it …


Some Idaho lawmakers remain unconvinced about Medicaid expansion

Even after months of hearings, overwhelmingly positive public comments and stacks of statistics showing Idaho would save millions, some state lawmakers remain reluctant to accept federal Medicaid expansion funds to …


Idaho hit with two federal lawsuits over failed broadband network

Two politically connected vendors are suing the state of Idaho in federal court after Attorney General Lawrence Wasden demanded that they pay back all the money they were paid for …


Idaho to delay submitting new science standards

State officials say new K-12 science standards – which include for the first time references to global warming and the Big Bang Theory – won’t be submitted to the Idaho …


Lawmakers scrutinize Idaho’s religious exemption that protects rights of religious sect amid high child death rates

Idaho’s religious exemption from charges of child abuse, neglect, child injury and manslaughter, passed in the 1970s to accommodate faith-healing groups, came under close scrutiny at a legislative hearing Thursday.


Eye on Boise: Boise named 5th-safest driving city, best in West

Boise is the fifth-safest driving city in the nation, according to a report from Allstate Insurance, which has been compiling its rankings annually for the past 12 years based on …


Here’s who can carry a concealed gun in Idaho starting Friday

Starting Friday, Idaho will become the eighth state in the nation to allow most residents age 21 or older to carry concealed guns without a permit – even inside cities, …


Idaho health coverage gap can be closed, lawmakers believe

Idaho’s top House and Senate leaders expressed optimism Friday that a new legislative panel can help state lawmakers resolve their differences and find a way to cover the 78,000 Idahoans …


Former lawmaker from Hayden dies

Former Idaho state Rep. Jeff Alltus, R-Hayden, died Saturday after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service is scheduled for June 16 at Candlelight Fellowship in Hayden. Alltus, …


Panel urges review of Idaho legislators’ pension perk

After two Idaho citizens, a retired math teacher and a CPA, urged a state panel to do away with the 1990 law that grants big boosts in state retirement pensions …


Idaho to pay up after failed defense of anti-union law

Idaho’s top state elected officials agreed Wednesday to pay $280,000 in attorney fees and costs to a group of unions who successfully challenged an anti-union bill passed by the Idaho …


Editorial: Lawmakers should put traffic safety in fast lane

Legislators in Idaho and Washington could assist efforts to curb distracted driving by updating laws on cellphone use. Idaho badly needs to update its seat belt law.


Idaho governor faces deadline to sign, veto remaining bills

Gov. Butch Otter has until the end of Friday to approve or kill any remaining bills passed by Idaho’s Republican-controlled Statehouse this year. As of Friday morning, the third-term governor …


‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ helps kill proposed Idaho law

Reality TV star “Dog the Bounty Hunter” says he helped kill a proposed law in Idaho regulating bounty hunters because it would have prevented the wearing of badges.


Stimson Lumber seeks support for N. Idaho conservation plan

A wood products company that wants to prohibit development on a large tract of its North Idaho timberland but keep it open for logging and outdoor recreation is looking for …


Editorial: Idaho lawmakers trample local control

Lawmakers justified the changes by calling them good for business. But they’re supposed to govern for all the people, not block their ability to make changes in their own communities.


Last-minute filings set up competitive races in Idaho’s May primary

A flurry of last-minute filings late Friday set up an array of contested races in Idaho’s May 17 primary election, including a six-way race for an open seat on the …


Idaho House backs abortion ultrasound bill

Idaho is one step closer to joining a small group of states that require abortion providers to give women information on accessing ultrasound services.


Editorial: Idaho ultrasound bill shows lawmakers’ distrust for women

Through their ceaseless attempts to adopt unconstitutional anti-abortion laws, it’s become clear that the majority of Idaho legislators do not trust women with this personal decision. Lawmakers are at it …


Idaho budget writers pass Medicaid budget

Legislative budget writers have unanimously approved slightly increasing funding for Idaho’s Medicaid Program that serves some 190,000 poor children.


REAL ID compliance bill headed to Idaho House

An Idaho House panel has tentatively signed off on a proposal that would allow Idaho to comply with national proof-of-identity requirements.