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House kills Shepherd bill on nullification of federal laws

After about an hour of debate Monday, Feb. 19, the Idaho House voted to kill House Bill 461, on nullification of federal laws, with a 40-29 vote. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, declared Idaho lawmakers have the power to nullify federal laws and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. “It should be obvious to us over the years there’s been quite a few cases that many of our constituents and us probably don’t think were fully constitutional,” Shepherd said.

February 21, 2018 6 a.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 14, 2018 12:58 p.m. read more..


Drug overdose immunity, revised CBD bills introduced

The legal immunity bill is in response to the opioid epidemic that has engulfed rural states, like Idaho, with high numbers of deaths from overdoses. “This is very important and states that have introduced this bill have seen a decrease in opioid overdose deaths by 30 percent,” said Rep. Mike Kingsley, R-Lewiston, who co-sponsored the legislation. “It’s a lot of lives that we can save with this bill and I would appreciate your support.”

February 14, 2018 12:51 p.m. read more..


Absentee voting under way

Voting is under way for both the Mountain View and Kamiah school district’s levy elections. Last Friday, Feb. 9, the Idaho County Elections Office began sending mail-out absentee ballots to voters. On Monday, Feb. 12, absentee voting opened at the Idaho County Courthouse, which continues through March 9.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


$17M in improvements coming to US12 starting this spring

Construction may begin as early as April on U.S. Highway 12 that will undergo a $17 million transformation to revitalize aging infrastructure and improve safety throughout the corridor. According to the Idaho Transportation Department, more than 50 miles of the highway between Lowell and the Idaho-Montana border will be repaved, and two bridges—over Maggie and Fish creeks—will be replaced. “We are excited to have this opportunity to improve the corridor,” said Joe Schacher, ITD manager for the improvements.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Sexual assault kits: 2017 ISP report: No backlog for county law enforcement agencies

No backlog is reported for Idaho County law enforcement agencies in submitting sexual assault kits, according to a state report released last month. However, agencies statewide are missing the mandated month time to submit kits, showing some legislative change may be needed to the law that better fits with the process and complexity involved in these cases.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Idaho ranked 8th best state in which to retire

Luckily for our readers, Idaho is ranked 8th in “best states to retire.” This is based on a list compiled by the on-line site WalletHub (2018), which compared the 50 states across 41 key indicators of retirement-friendliness. Their analysis examines affordability, health-related factors and overall quality of life.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Inmates in ag bill passes House committee

While the committee ultimately voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill, S1208 did generate concern about the wages paid to inmate workers and their insurance coverage. “These (people) are working a long, hard, eight-hour day… so are you going to pay them more?” asked Rep. Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth.

February 9, 2018 4:56 p.m. read more..


Idaho literacy test reform bill introduced

An Idaho House panel introduced a bill Feb. 6 to remove a mandatory literacy screening test for Idaho students because it could be used inappropriately. In 2014, a subcommittee analyzed current state policies around increasing literacy rates. House Education Committee Chair Julie VanOrden said the group received a report that found that the Idaho Reading Indicator was being used incorrectly.

February 9, 2018 4:46 p.m. read more..


Concealed carry expansion bill introduced

An Idaho Senate panel introduced a bill Friday that would expand permit-less concealed carry of guns to non-Idaho residents. The bill would expand 2016 legislation that allowed Idaho residents 21 and older to concealed carry without a permit in city limits. Schools, jails and courthouses are exempt from the law.

February 9, 2018 4:42 p.m. read more..


Bill to remove senior math requirement passes Senate panel

A Senate panel passed a bill Feb. 6 that would remove the requirement that Idaho seniors take a math class. Students would still be required to take six semesters of math even if SB 1266 became law. The State Board of Education has to write a rule change on the senior math requirement. Senate Education Committee Vice Chair Steven Thayn’s bill would only change Idaho code.

February 9, 2018 4:41 p.m. read more..

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