Regional News for Idaho and the Pacific Northwest

‘Stand your ground’ bill introduced

Alexandria Kincaid, legal counsel for the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, told the committee the legislation was prompted by Idaho being ranked in the bottom 10 states for gun rights by the Guns and Ammo magazine. “The ranking in a magazine is not a good reason to change our laws as opposed to problems with the law in the state of Idaho,” Monks said.

February 2, 2018 5:53 p.m. read more..

$200 Million tax cut bill approved for consideration

The bill, H 463, would conform to federal tax code for fiscal 2018, implementing a .475 percent income tax cut for individuals and corporations. Individuals are holistically expected to pay roughly $100 million more when changes to all exemptions and deductions are factored in.

February 2, 2018 5:52 p.m. read more..

Left lane law introduced

Traveling slow in the left lane on interstates in Idaho may soon result in a fine. A bill to make impeding traffic for “an unreasonable amount of time” on controlled access highways, like interstates and freeways, an infraction was approved for consideration by a House panel Jan. 30.

February 2, 2018 5:50 p.m. read more..

Prescription CBD bill introduced

A bill to legalize prescription use of CBD oil was approved for consideration by the Idaho House Health & Welfare committee Thursday. The legislation, RS25862, was proposed by Rep. Dorothy Moon, R-Stanley, and would legalize use and possession of CBD oil, or cannabidiol oil, if prescribed by a licensed practitioner or physician.

February 2, 2018 5:49 p.m. read more..

Otter sign’s first bill this session

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed an unemployment tax relief bill Jan. 31, the first legislation signed this session. Employers are expected to save $115 over the next three years. The bill would reduce the unemployment fund size multiplier and reduce employer’s taxable wage rate for unemployment insurance taxes

February 2, 2018 5:41 p.m. read more..

Medicaid work-requirements added to healthcare reform bill

The plan, which calls for a dual-waiver approach to reduce soaring healthcare premiums, was approved for consideration in a 10-1 vote by a House panel Jan. 30. The proposal’s addition comes amid federal lawsuits challenging the legality of work requirements. The suits argue congressional action is necessary to enact the requirements.

February 2, 2018 5:39 p.m. read more..

House panel hears debate on K-12 science standards

“You’re legislators, not scientists…. What I’m asking of the committee is to trust decisions about science standards to those who do. To the scientists, teachers and experts who stay current on the literature, who study how people learn...".

February 2, 2018 5:38 p.m. read more..

Family minimum wage bill introduced

Idaho businesses who employ immediate family members who are minors may soon be able to pay them less than minimum wage. A bill that would add immediate family members under 18-years-old to the minimum wage exemption law was introduced by the Idaho House Business committee Jan. 30 with two dissenters.

February 2, 2018 5:35 p.m. read more..

‘Abortion reversal’ bill to be heard

“Maybe there’s some new research that has taken place,” Assistant Majority Leader Cherie Buckner-Webb said referencing last year’s bill, “but there’s no scientific data, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, to say that this was effective.”

February 2, 2018 5:16 p.m. read more..

Human trafficking bill held

The punishment for purchasing sex in Idaho currently is a misdemeanor on the first and second offense. The third offense is a felony. In no other U.S. state is purchasing sex a felony on the first offense. “This would be landmark,” Crane said. “You guys would be on the forefront combatting human trafficking.”

February 2, 2018 4:55 p.m. read more..

Kamiah pair hurt in Jan. 23 crash at Craigmont

Idaho State Police (ISP) is investigating a single-vehicle rollover accident last week on U.S. Highway 95. Hallea J. Koun-Mcalister, 18, and passenger, Bobbie M. Sanford, 36, both of Kamiah, were transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

BLM to upgrade Salmon River boat ramps

Having estimated they serve more than 86,000 vehicles and more than 321,000 visitors every year, the Bureau of Land Management is moving to repair seven boat ramps in Salmon River country, from Shorts Bar down to Pine Bar, the local BLM office announced last Friday, Jan. 26.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Bill would encourage gun safety course in schools

The Idaho House Education Committee voted Monday, Jan. 29, to introduce a bill that would encourage schools to establish and maintain a firearms safety education course. Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, who brought forth RS25793, said Idaho law is not clear on whether schools are permitted to teach gun safety, causing confusion for educators who may want to provide such training.

January 29, 2018 5:51 p.m. read more..


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