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Idaho Senate backs contentious charter school contract bill

Charter schools would no longer be required to use the same teacher contracts as other public schools under a new bill that has cleared the Idaho Senate.


Privatized gun registration has backing of House lawmakers

Idaho Republicans are backing a measure that would exempt the acquisition of sawed off shotguns, machine guns and silencers from public records request.


Idaho still stagnant on pot legalization, decriminalization

As several states have moved to allow the use of recreational or medical marijuana, Idaho has maintained a hard stance against legalization of the drug.


Idaho lawmakers introduce bill to ban fetal tissue sales

The Idaho Legislature is the latest state to consider making it illegal to buy, sell or experiment upon fetal tissue, even though no such practice exists in the state.


New bill would redefine animal cruelty, torture in Idaho

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would redefine animal cruelty and torture.


Idaho Senate panel backs AG investigation bill

An Idaho Senate panel has backed legislation that would change how the state’s Attorney General’s office investigates possible criminal activities by local elected officials.


House approves public records exemption bill

The Idaho House has approved a bill that would allow public utilities to keep blueprints and other documents secret from the public.


Abortion ultrasound bill introduced in House

A Republican lawmaker from eastern Idaho is backing a bill that would require a woman be told where she can get a free ultrasound before undergoing an abortion.


Idaho House panel introduces gaming agency bill

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would create a new state agency to oversee and investigate gambling activities throughout the state.


Otter calls for review of faith-healing exemption

Gov. Butch Otter says he’s concerned with the number of children who die because their parents choose faith healing and not medical assistance for religious reasons.


Tax conformity bill headed to governor’s desk

The Idaho Senate has approved legislation to bring the state’s tax code in line with federal rules, a move estimated to cost Idaho roughly $46 million over two years.


House panel introduces Girl Scout sales tax bill

Idaho Girl Scouts would get a tax break on each box of Thin Mints under legislation introduced in a House committee.


Local plastic bag bans would be blocked by House bill

Cities and counties in Idaho would need state approval to enforce plastic bag bans under a new proposal currently making its way through the Idaho Statehouse, even though no such …


Idaho bill would allow ISP to use unmarked patrol vehicles

An Idaho Senate panel has taken the first step to allow Idaho State Police officers to use unmarked patrol vehicles for traffic law enforcement.


Idaho lawmakers boost wildfire preparedness funding

Idaho lawmakers are welcoming plans to boost the state’s fire preparedness by expanding Lands Department firefighting staffing from five months to eight, starting this spring.


Editorial: Learning about Islam a wise way to fight fears

Don’t blindly accept anti-Islam messages. Attend a community event designed to allay fears and increase understanding.


Eye on Boise: Dissidents in Idaho GOP want to ‘denounce’ Otter for forming PAC

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


Despite small raise, Idaho state workers lose ground on pay

Even though Idaho raised its state employees’ pay last year, the state has actually lost ground compared to the market, with a new report showing state worker pay lags 22.6% …


Eye on Boise: North Idaho road projects make the cut

Interstate 90 interchange at Wolf Lodge is slated for upgrade.


Eye on Boise: Eye on Boise: Poll shows Idahoans not pining big for tax cuts

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


Idaho appeals ‘ag-gag’ ruling to 9th Circuit

Idaho has appealed the federal court ruling overturning its ‘ag gag’ law to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Shawn Vestal: Idaho legal battles a financial boon to liberal causes

Here’s a delicious conspiracy theory. Idaho’s Constitutional Defense Fund – a taxpayer-funded account to pay for the state’s culture-war legal battles – is actually an elaborate, stealth operation to funnel …


Eye on Boise: Weighing true cost of new legislation

When Idaho lawmakers propose new laws, they are required to include a “fiscal note” with their bill detailing the cost to the state over the coming year. But there are …


Eye on Boise: Idaho tax changes in the works

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 2, 2015

Former Idaho lawmaker re-buys home at auction, fails to pay on time

Tax-protesting former Idaho State Rep. Phil Hart successfully purchased his Athol home from the IRS at a public auction last month, but he missed an Oct. 22 deadline to pay …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015

Idaho insurance exchange going strong, but ‘gap’ population still unaddressed

For more than 86,000 Idahoans, health care reform has meant new, affordable options for health coverage, with an average premium, after federal subsidies, of just $65 a month.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 30, 2015

Idaho economists say more tax cuts won’t spur state’s economy

As the Idaho Legislature’s Tax Working Group ponders whether to cut Idaho’s income tax rates in an effort to spur economic growth – as Idaho did previously in 2012 and …


Idaho high court OKs lease-back deal

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 18, 2015

After veto, Idaho moves to allow 25 sick kids access to cannabis-derived drug

Idaho is just weeks away from enrolling up to 25 children with severe epilepsy in a free program to provide them with an experimental, non-psychoactive drug extracted from marijuana, under …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 6, 2015

Idaho Commerce chief: Don’t cut taxes, invest in talent

At its first public meeting Tuesday, a panel of a dozen Idaho legislators looking into possible tax-relief plans heard some surprising counsel from the state’s commerce chief: Don’t cut taxes. …