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Sexting Bill Headed to Idaho Senate

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho teenagers 17 or younger could be charged with a misdemeanor instead of a felony if they are caught "sexting" under a bill headed to the Senate floor.

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Magic Valley Closer to Opening Crisis Center

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – A regional behavioral health board has been meeting since September to bring a crisis center to the Magic Valley. Its plan received legislative support on Wednesday when the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee voted 16-2 to divert nearly $1.5 million to fund two new centers in the state – one of them slated for south-central Idaho.

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Bill would Give ‘Explicit’ OK for Idaho Schools to use Bible

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho senator is backing legislation to "expressly permit" using the Bible in public schools.

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Private Sponsorships Raise $70k for State Parks Department

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation say they've used approximately $70,000 in private sponsorships to partially offset their depleted budget.

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Idaho Senate Panel Listens to Medicaid Expansion Hearing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Legislature's first-ever hearing on expanding Medicaid eligibility attracted hundreds of supporters Tuesday, but lawmakers declined to vote on whether to send the measure forward after listening to an hour of testimony.

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State Officials Seek Changes to Food Stamp Violation Rules

BOISE (AP) — State health officials have unveiled new rules regarding penalties for not meeting the state's food stamps eligibility requirements.

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Idaho House Approves Bill Increasing Open Meeting Fines

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House has endorsed increasing fines for violating the state's open meeting law.

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Luna Will Bring Back Merit Pay in 2013 Legislature

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Public schools chief Tom Luna plans to ask the 2013 Idaho Legislature to adopt another pay-for-performance program for teachers, saying he doesn't believe voters' rejection of merit pay last week is any indication they want to return to the old way of compensating educators...

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State Democrats Ok with Outcome

 BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Democrats were happy with the 2012 election, a night when they suffered no numeric losses in the Legislature and when voters defeated public schools chief Tom Luna's Republican-backed education overhaul...

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State Legislative Race

!!Unofficial Results!!

State Senator, District 23

REP   Bert Brackett     9,177       68.8%

IND   Bill Chisholm     4,165       31...

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New Oil & Gas Board In the Works

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho may set up a new board to oversee its emerging oil and natural gas industry, a bid to put more-knowledgeable people with fewer conflicts of interest in charge...

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Labrador Leads in Campaign Money

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Democratic congressional candidate Jimmy Farris raised just $32,000 since August, less than a fifth the campaign receipts of Republican incumbent U...

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Fish and Game Support Right to Hunt

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's Fish and Game commissioners are giving their endorsement to a constitutional amendment establishing the right to hunt, fish and trap in the state...

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Rep. Labrador says He Will Focus on Votes

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican Rep. Raul Labrador says he'll work to increase his time spent voting in Congress after his Democratic challenger criticized the amount of times he's missed votes in the U...

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Idaho Legislature Adjournment May Hit Snag

The Idaho Legislature is moving closer to ending the session. However, there is one issue that lawmakers say will keep them there until Friday, and possibly into next week.  It's a disagreement on how surplus money should be spent, and the main point of contention is whether to give taxpayers a break, or to save for a rainy day. 

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Idaho House Marks Bowe Bergdahl’s Third Year In Captivity

Idaho House lawmakers marked Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's third birthday in captivity of a Taliban-allied group in central Asia. Bergdahl is a U.S. soldier from Hailey, Idaho, taken prisoner in Afghanistan in June 2009 who is now being held by the Haqqani network. The now-26-year-old Bergdahl was born March 28, 1986.

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Idaho Legislature On Track To Adjourn Friday

(AP)  Idaho legislators are now expected to adjourn on Friday. Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder said Tuesday it will likely take until then for budget writers to complete their work. It appears a compromise over a five-year, $35 million teacher pay bill has been struck, after a new measure was introduced in the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

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Idaho “Ultrasound” Bill Dead For The Session

State representatives say they won't pursue Idaho' s controversial ultrasound-abortion bill that has been making national headlines recently.  At least this year.  The bill would require doctors to administer an ultrasound to the fetus of any woman who chooses an abortion in Idaho.

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Idaho Legislators Grapple Over Extra Money

The legislative session is just about to wrap up but lawmakers are grappling with an issue they haven’t dealt with in a few years, a budget surplus and how to disperse surplus state money. Republican Senator Dean Cameron, the Chairman of the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee says at the end of the session the state will have about $77 million dollars that they need to decide what to do with.

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Idaho Legislature Could Wrap Up This Week

The Idaho Legislature is entering enters its final push in 2012, but the Senate and House still have big-ticket bills to reconcile before heading home, including legislation on tax cuts and teacher salaries.  Several controversial measures may end up on the cutting room floor in lieu of higher priority legislation.

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