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BOISE -- “There are inherent differences between girls and women and boys and men, those biological differences are seen with our own eyes,” said Idaho Falls Republican Representative Barbara Ehardt in defense of her legislation, House Bill 500. “Girls and women cannot compete on a level pla…

BOISE -- A proposal to designate Jan. 16 as Religious Freedom Day in Idaho has been held in the House State Affairs Committee. The concurrent resolution sponsored by Rep. Jake Ellis, D-Boise, and Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, would commemorate the 1786 adoption of the Virginia Statute for Re…

BOISE -- The presidents of four of Idaho’s higher education institutions -- Scott Green from the University of Idaho, Dr. Cynthia Pemberton from Lewis-Clark State College, Dr. Kevin Satterlee from Idaho State University and Dr. Marlene Tromp from Boise State University -- gave a presentation…

BOISE -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved broad expansions to Idaho’s wolf hunting and trapping regulations Feb. 20, bringing year-round hunting to more of the state than a bill in the Idaho Legislature had previously proposed.

BOISE -- A bill that would remove sales tax on custom meat processing in certain cases is headed to the House floor after the Revenue and Taxation Committee voted unanimously to approve it last Monday, Feb. 17.

BOISE -- A proposal to create a plan for regulating industrial hemp in Idaho will move to the full Senate floor for a vote after farmers turned out in support at a legislative committee meeting Feb. 20. 

    BOISE – Today (Wednesday, Feb. 19), a bill to prevent the use of vaping products by minors was sent to General Orders for language changes by the House Health and Welfare Committee. This legislation would create parity between current, traditional tobacco products and the new electronic smok…

    BOISE -- A bill paving the way for shared ambulance districts across county boundaries will make its way to the Senate floor after the Local Government and Taxation committee voted to approve it last Thursday, Feb. 13.

    BOISE -- After three days of hearings and hours of testimony from county and city officials, an Idaho House panel has approved a bill that would temporarily freeze the portions of local government budgets funded by property taxes.

    BOISE -- The Senate Education Committee rejected the House repeal of the Idaho Content Standards in a mere 30 minutes during Wednesday’s meeting, Feb. 12. After over a month of public testimony and lawmaker deliberation, the standards are right back where they started.

    BOISE -- Gender equality is a contentious issue in the United States, even in factors as specific as school sport programs. In Wednesday’s House Education Committee meeting, Feb. 12, Republican Idaho Falls Representative Barbara Ehardt says there is a new challenge for sportswomen: transgend…

    BOISE -- Last week, the Idaho House approved a bill that would affect the frequency of local bond elections, and this week the House State Affairs Committee takes up a second one.

    BOISE -- A proposal to designate Jan. 16 as Religious Freedom Day in Idaho has been held in the House State Affairs Committee. The concurrent resolution sponsored by Rep. Jake Ellis, D-Boise, and Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, would commemorate the 1786 adoption of the Virginia Statute for Re…

    BOISE -- The House Revenue and Taxation Committee is gearing up to consider this year’s tax proposals. Last Wednesday’s Jan. 22 hearing saw the introduction of several bills aimed at property and grocery taxes.

    BOISE -- Sen. Bert Brackett (R-Rogerson, Dist.23) introduced a bill, in the Senate Resources and Environment committee on Jan. 22, creating zones where wolves could be hunted year-round.

    BOISE -- The Idaho State Department of Agriculture proposed a new program aimed at helping Idaho farmers keep their farms in the family during the department’s legislative budget hearing last week.

    BOISE -- “We can't seem to get beyond this place for whatever reasons. We have supporters, we have opponents, and we circle around this conversation,” said Idaho State Board of Education President Debbie Critchfield. “Not much has changed, as far as the talking points are concerned.”

    BOISE -- Idaho is consistently one of the states with the highest reported rates of suicide. In 2017 the CDC reported suicide as Idaho’s 8th leading cause of death, climbing from 10th place in 2013. Nationally, Idaho’s rate of suicide is 58 percent higher than the US average, growing from a …

      A new study finds Idaho is the No. 10 worst state for people planning to retire early, after analyzing a multitude of financial, health-related and lifestyle factors.

      BOISE -- Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, introduced a bill Tuesday, Jan. 14, to decriminalize the possession of illegal drugs and allow commitment in treatment facilities for substance abuse disorders. The legislation is intended to shift the state’s drug approach from arrest and incarceration…

        BOISE – Look for special coverage of the 2020 Idaho Legislative Session online and in print, reported by interns provided through the University of Idaho.

        BOISE -- Gov. Brad Little delivered his second State of the State address Monday, Jan. 6, highlighting past achievements and calling for increased education spending amid an otherwise lean budget year. The governor’s proposed budget calls for improved K-3 literacy, increased teacher salaries…

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