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Standing Room Only at Legislative Breakfast

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:47:55 GMT

The third of six legislative breakfasts was held at Homestead restaurant on Thursday morning. The three state legislators for Bingham County, Reps.




Bill allowing out-of-state insurance plans headed to Senate

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:23:12 GMT

A proposal to allow health insurers from other states to sell their plans in Idaho won enough support to advance to the Senate floor on Thursday, despite concerns from lawmakers the bill will likely not deliver on its promises. "I don't see land mines in this, I don't think, but this language makes me wonder does it really have any utility," said Sen. Grant Burgoyne, a Democrat from Boise, before voting favor of the measure.




Idaho Tax Reform Bill Advances

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:08:30 GMT

Like most states, Idaho anticipates increased revenue under the new federal tax law, which broadens the state's tax base. States effectively have three options: do nothing and keep the money; decouple or otherwise tinker with their codes to return the windfall to the taxpayers; or conform with the changes while returning the excess to the taxpayers in the form of rate reductions or structural reforms.




Idaho bill seeks clarity on stockwater ownership rights

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:49:34 GMT

Idaho House Bill 603 seeks to amend the state's legal code to clarify ownership rights on stockwater. It also seeks to "clarify that if an agency of the federal government acquires a stockwater right, that right shall never be utilized for any purpose other than watering of livestock unless otherwise approved by the state," read the bill.




Idaho Legal Aid deserves help

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:29:25 GMT

Idaho Legal Aid Services provides a legal lifeline to low income Idahoans with serious legal problems, including domestic violence, abuse and neglect of children, and elder abuse. It is Idaho's largest non-profit law firm, with offices located around the State.




JFAC approves $250K for higher ed integration study, half of Otter's request

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:49:33 GMT

JFAC set the budget for the Office of the State Board of Education this morning, and when it came to the proposal from Gov. Butch Otter for a $500,000 study of how universities could integrate their back-office systems to achieve savings and efficiency, the joint committee allocated $250,000. Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, said budget analysts for the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee did extensive research, including contacting firms across the country that have done that type of study.




House rejects bill to have state Endowment Fund Investment Board...

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:14:57 GMT

The Idaho House today rejected a bid from Rep. Randy Armstrong, R-Inkom, to have the state Endowment Fund Investment Board, which is responsible for investing the state endowment fund, also invest $1 million that a small eastern Idaho city received as a bequest. Armstrong told the House that when he inquired if the state board could take on that task, he was told it wasn't covered under current law, so he proposed the bill, HB 460 .




Idaho House committee to launch remote testimony pilot project on Monday

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:44:55 GMT

House Education Chair Julie VanOrden, R-Pingree, left, and Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy, R-Genesee, right, talk with reporters in the Capitol press room on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, about the upcoming debut of a remote testimony pilot project that will allow Idahoans to testify on legislative bills from six locations across the state. In a first-time pilot project, the Idaho Legislature will take remote testimony on three bills that are up for hearings Monday in the House Education Committee.




Crapo, Risch tell Idaho lawmakers Trump Administration is having success

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:53:58 GMT

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, center, addresses the Idaho House on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, as U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, right, awaits his turn to speak. U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch addressed the Idaho House and Senate today, with both proclaiming that the Trump Administration is being successful in Washington, D.C. in pressing a conservative agenda.




Idaho Hack Less Severe Than Projections Indicated

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:26:03 GMT

A recent cyberattack targeting the Idaho Transportation Department did not jeopardize as many truckers' personal information as originally feared, according to an agency spokesman. With the help of cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, ITD recently completed a forensic investigation of a department e-mail account that was hacked in mid-December.




No Place Like Home: Idaho Experience Set to Debut on Idaho Public Television

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:34:53 GMT

The number of new TV series competing for audiences-FX Research counted 487 new series in 2017-might lead to the conclusion some TV shows are pushed out with reckless abandon. Not so for PBS.




Idaho Musicians Sing in Support of Paulette Jordan

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:34:52 GMT

If Paulette Jordan is elected the next governor of Idaho , the Democrat from Plummer will be the first Native American governor in U.S. history. Competition for the job is fierce, but Jordan is a strong competitor, and her run for office has garnered attention beyond state borders.




Idaho Flu Death Total Approaches Worst in Recent History

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:04:37 GMT

The 2017-18 flu season continues to be one of the worst in recent history. In recently released statistics, the Idaho division of Public Health rated the flu during the week ending on Feb. 10 as widespread for the seventh week in a row.




Idaho lawmaker not sorry for yelling 'abortion is murder'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:23:35 GMT

A Republican Idaho state senator yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students who were pushing for birth control legislation at the Statehouse and now faces an ethics complaint after a post from an unverified Twitter account told them to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic lawmaker. Sen. Dan Foreman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has no plans to apologize and denied any ties to the social media account that purported to belong to him.




Idaho Senate panel advances measure to ban hand-held cell phones while driving - Tue, 20 Feb 2018 PST

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:38:00 GMT

The Idaho Senate Transportation Committee debates legislation on cell phone use while driving, on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at the Idaho Capitol. Under SB 1283 , Idaho would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, and also repeal its existing ban on texting while driving.




Flying M Valentine for AIDS Auction Earnings Top 2017

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:49:25 GMT

Pieces for the Valentine for AIDS auction filled the gift shop and two additional walls at Flying M this February. The Valentine for AIDS Silent Auction at Flying M Coffeehouse -which featured Valentine's Day-themed art pieces from more than 250 local artists including paintings, collages, sculptures, jewelry, textiles and more-wrapped up at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, after a 10-day bidding war.




Retired firefighter dies from lung cancer

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:53:55 GMT

A California firefighter living in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, passed away over the weekend after battling lung cancer. Now George Gemind is being remembered for his decades of service.