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Overhaul of Idaho Oil and Gas Laws Includes New Commission

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A revamped commission overseeing Idaho's natural gas and oil industry and a beefed up state agency to aid that effort emerged from this year's Legislative session along with more extensive reporting requirements for oil companies.

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Idaho Lawmaker Per Diem Dustup Raises Questions

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislative leaders say there's no easy solution to address questions once again surrounding how much Idaho lawmakers are entitled to receive when offsetting legislative expenses.

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Idaho Lawmakers Challenge Validity of Governor’s Veto

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two lawmakers from eastern Idaho say Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter missed the deadline to veto legislation that would have repealed the 6 percent sales tax on groceries.

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Governor Otter Vetoes Bill Repealing Sales Tax on Groceries

BOISE, Idaho (KLIX) Idahoans will have to continue paying tax on steak, cheese, milk, and other foods now that the governor has vetoed legislation that would have repealed the sales tax on groceries.

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Lawmaker: Fight for Idaho Victims’ Rights Amendment Not Over

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A key legislative leader is promising to reintroduce a proposal amending Idaho's constitution to expand the rights of crime victims and their families.

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Idaho’s Democrats Recap Legislative Session

BOISE, Idaho – A lot has happened this legislative session as lawmakers vied for differing positions on education, the environment, health care, faith healing, plans for the state’s roads and bridges, and tax cuts.

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Idaho Legislature at a Standstill, Adjournment Delayed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers are currently in a standstill after Republican infighting halted both chambers from moving forward on any major legislative action.

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Idaho Public Schools Budget Headed to Governor’s Desk

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have signed off on the state' public schools funding proposal for fiscal year 2018 — which makes up the largest share of the state's budget.

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Bill Lifting Some Alcohol Restrictions Moves to Idaho House

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho House panel has advanced legislation repealing the state's ban on nudity and explicit live performances at certain businesses licensed to serve alcohol.

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Idaho Senate Rewrites Tax Plan to Remove Grocery Tax

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Senate lawmakers have narrowly decided to repeal the state's taxation on groceries in a fight over what sort of tax relief will be provided to Idahoans at the end of the legislative session.

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Idaho Rep. Priscilla Giddings on KLIX

A few weeks ago, a Republican apparatchik from the Mini-Cassia region criticized me for being unprepared and lazy.

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Bill to Raise Awareness of Birth Defect-Causing Virus

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to increase awareness about a virus that is one of the leading causes of birth defects and a threat to patients with impaired immune systems is headed to the governor's desk.

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Otter: $3.4 Million Broadband Settlement Reached

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and legislative leaders say they have reached a settlement with the vendors involved in a lengthy lawsuit over a failed public school broadband program.

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Idaho Roads Ravaged by Weather

 

Idaho roads are in rough shape.

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Idaho Lawmakers Advance $52 Million in Emergency Road Repair

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have approved $52 million in emergency road funding to pay for damage caused by the severe winter.

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Idaho Lawmaker Pulls $10M Medicaid Gap Bill

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee says his $10 million proposal to provide limited primary care services to Idahoans poorest doesn't have enough votes to pass a legislative hearing.

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Bill to Conduct FBI Background Checks Fails in Idaho House 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — House lawmakers have killed legislation allowing FBI background checks on some state employees despite warnings from the bill's sponsor that doing so will cause the state to lose critical federal funding.

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Bill Limiting Early Voting in Idaho Headed to House Floor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A measure limiting early voting in Idaho is on its way to the House floor after squeaking through a skeptical legislative panel.

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Lottery-Winner Secrecy Bill Headed to Idaho House Floor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lottery winners in Idaho would be allowed to hide their identities under legislation headed to the House floor.

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Idaho House Clears Bill Addressing Attorney Fees

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation that would block an Idaho Supreme Court decision on when attorney fees are imposed has cleared the House floor.

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