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Lawmakers Once Again Reviewing Idaho’s Purchasing Laws

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials say the state's contracting system has improved under newly implemented reforms, but they are now urging the Legislature to consider clarifying legally confusing language still tucked inside the state's 40-year-old purchasing laws.

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Idaho Bans New Synthetic Drug Connected to 2 Deaths in State

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has become the latest state to ban a new synthetic drug that can be purchased online and is connected to at least two deaths in the state.

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2 Idaho Lawmakers Face Investigation Over Affair Allegations

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill has requested that legislative auditors investigate the travel expenses of two lawmakers facing allegations of having an extramarital affair.

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Lawmakers Begin Study of Idaho’s Foster Care System

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho foster care parents are urging lawmakers to reform the current state system, saying that foster care bureaucracy has caused unnecessary heartache and frustration.

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Idaho Begins Review of Faith-Healing Exemption

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have taken their first step in reviewing the state's contentious faith-healing exemption law, which allows families to cite religious reasons for medical decisions without fear of being charged with neglect or abuse.

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Idaho Releases List of Free Ultrasound Providers

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho health officials have released a list of providers that offer ultrasounds for women seeking abortions as required under a newly enacted law.

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Most Idaho Lawmakers Receiving State Health Care Coverage

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers are eligible for the same health care benefits as full-time state employees even though they are considered part-time workers.

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Idaho Crime Labs Focus on Cutting Down Backlogs

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state's crime labs are working to expedite the processing of forensic evidence used in court cases in response to criticism about rape kit backlogs and testing delays.

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Interim Committees to Review Medicaid Gap, School Funding

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's legislative leaders have assigned their summer homework by finalizing a list of hot button topics for Idaho lawmakers to review over the next few months.

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Idaho Lawmakers Spend $136,000 on Travel Expenses

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers spent more than $136,000 on travel during the 2016 legislative session.

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Idaho’s Medicaid Expansion Option Dead for the Year

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — House lawmakers have killed the proposal to expand Medicaid in Idaho on the final day of the 2016 legislative session.

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Sexting Bill Headed to Idaho Governor’s Desk

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would charge teenagers with a misdemeanor, instead of a felony, if they are caught sending sexually explicit material via mobile devices has cleared the Idaho Legislature.

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Revised Budget for Idaho Art Commission Passes House

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho artists, take heart. A bill funding Idaho's art commission has passed the House after previously failing in a surprise protest vote earlier this month.

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Idaho Becomes a Constitutional Gun Carry State in July

BOISE, Idaho (KTVB) - Gov. Butch Otter signed the bill to allow carrying concealed weapons without a permit inside city limits into law Friday afternoon.

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Senate OKs $8 Million for Possible Broadband Settlement

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Senate on Wednesday backed an $8 million transfer from the general fund to pay for a possible settlement over an illegal statewide contract for broadband in public schools.

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Idaho Senate Approves Interim Group to Study Tax Reduction

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Senate has backed a measure to establish an interim committee to explore ways to reduce Idaho's corporate and income taxes.

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Public Education Budget Headed to Idaho Governor’s Desk

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's public schools funding proposal for fiscal year 2017 — the largest share of the state's budget — is headed to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's desk.

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Idaho House Approves Bill to Allow Bible in Public Schools

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that explicitly allows the Bible to be used in public schools passed its final legislative hurdle Monday, despite concerns about whether the measure is legal.

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Abortion Ultrasound Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation requiring abortion providers to give women information on accessing free ultrasound services is headed to the governor's desk for his signature.

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House Panel to Consider Proposal on Medicaid Gap Next Week

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A key House leader says a proposal will be introduced Monday to address the estimated 78,000 Idahoans who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but also don't qualify for health insurance subsidies.

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