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Resolution passed recognizing Wild and Scenic Rivers 50th anniversary

A concurrent resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was given a do-pass recommendation by the Senate Resources and Environment Committee Feb. 12. "It is just in recognition of their good work and the benefits that have come to Idaho because of it,” Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, said.

February 17, 2018 2:26 p.m. read more..


Senate panel rejects bill to raise tobacco use age

Much of the opposition focused on not allowing 18-year-olds, who are adults under the law, to have full autonomy. “Maybe we have the age of changing from being a minor being wrong. But, as long as we have it as this age, I believe that we have to leave this decision, along with those other life-altering choices that we can make… at this age as well,” said Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens.

February 17, 2018 2:19 p.m. read more..


Bill to remove grocery tax introduced

Among removing the grocery tax, the bill would cut individual income taxes by half a percent for all brackets, slash business income taxes for large corporations from 7.4 to 5 percent and eliminate the grocery tax credit. “This particular option really reflects the best policy of Idaho,” said Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton, who sponsored the bill. “It helps families and it helps bring in business by reducing the tax rate.”

February 17, 2018 2:17 p.m. read more..


Family minimum wage exemption passes Idaho House

The Idaho House passed a bill to exempt minors working for immediate family members from minimum wage laws in a 60-9 vote Tuesday. Current state law offers minimum wage exemptions for minors working on family farms and for 16-year olds working part-time less than four hours a day. HB 466, sponsored by Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, would expand that to family businesses.

February 17, 2018 2:16 p.m. read more..


No action from Senate panel on science education standards

he Senate Education committee took no action on the temporary science education standards in a public hearing Wednesday, Feb. 14. Before it received pubic testimony on the standards, the committee heard from a rules administrator on what would happen if it took action.

February 17, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..


Drug overdose immunity, revised CBD bills introduced

Rep. Sue Chew, D-Boise, the bill’s co-sponsor, said the ‘Good Samaritan’ law has gained wide support in Ada County town hall meetings on the crisis. “The heroin that we’re getting, often times, is laced with fentanyl and other very powerful substances that are instantly lethal,” she said. “So, we hope that a bill like this, a Good Samaritan piece of legislation might be helpful.”

February 17, 2018 2:10 p.m. read more..


House panel advances bill to fully fund sexual assault exams

The bill, HB 429, would remove the clause in Idaho’s victim compensation laws that makes test providers first seek payment from private insurance before being paid by a state pool. The state pool, called the Crime Victim Compensation Fund, would be allocated an additional $300,000 from tax funds. The fund currently consists of a federal grant and fines and fees from criminal justice proceedings.

February 17, 2018 2:08 p.m. read more..


College transfer bill moves to Senate floor

An Idaho Senate panel passed a bill that would allow college students to more easily transfer credits. SB 1221 would allow students who complete an associate’s degree, in state or out of state, to transfer their general education courses to Idaho public colleges.

February 17, 2018 2:06 p.m. read more..
 

House Panel Advances ‘anti-Sharia law’ Legislation

HB 419 would make Idaho and U.S. law the only law that state courts can rule on, providing exceptions for tribal laws. It’s the third time Rep. Eric Redman, R- Athol, has proposed foreign-law legislation. HB 419 does not specifically mention Sharia law, but much of Redman’s presentation of the bill focused on it.

February 17, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..


‘Abortion reversal’ bill moves to Senate floor

The bill, SB 1243, would modify Idaho’s informed consent packets to include information about the reversal procedure and who to contact to get more information. If passed, Idaho would join Utah, Arkansas and South Dakota, who have similar laws.

February 17, 2018 1:52 p.m. read more..
   

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