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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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Idaho Budget Writers OK $2M for Constitutional Defense Fund

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho budget writers have agreed to add $2 million into a special fund designed to defend the state's rights against the federal government, but has been spent almost entirely on losing legal battles.

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Idaho Budget Writers Approve $34.5M for Wildfire Suppression

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho budget writers are preparing for another hectic wildfire season by allocating $34.5 million to help cover the expected high costs of managing and suppressing flames across the state.

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Idaho Panel Postpones Vote on Anti-Shariah Law Legislation

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers are considering approving legislation aimed at prohibiting Shariah law and other foreign statutes from infiltrating Idaho government.

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REAL ID Compliance Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have agreed to comply with national proof-of-identity requirements, reversing a nearly decade-long refusal to conform to strict federal regulations.

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Idaho Panel Approves Bill to Revise Sexual Assault Statute

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho committee Tuesday unanimously backed a bill that would eliminate a resistance requirement from the Idaho sexual assault statute, despite concerns voiced by a conservative lawmaker.

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Plastic Bags Ban Heads to Governor’s Desk

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers say cities and counties cannot enforce their own plastic bag bans under a proposal headed to the governor's desk for his signature.

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Permitless Concealed Carry Bill Headed to Idaho Senate

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have advanced legislation that would allow people 21 years old and up carry hidden guns without permits or training.

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