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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.S. House. The Idaho Statesman reports Labrador has been absent from voting at trip…
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 taxpay…
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…
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…
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 Idah…
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 …
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 …
Idaho Legislature Works Toward Adjournment
With "sine die," the end of the Idaho legislative session possibly coming as quickly as early next week, there is a flurry of activity at the Statehouse as numerous bills are making their way to the governor's desk or the dustbin.  Boise Rep. Julie Ellsworth said she worked all session to …
Idaho House Pulls Ultrasound Bill From Agenda…For Now
For several days the conversation at the State Capitol has been ongoing… should a woman be required to get an ultrasound before an abortion?  Wednesday, movement on that bill was halted when Rep. Tom Loertscher, the Chairman of the House State Affairs Committee canceled a hearing set for today.  The…
No Higher Cig Taxes This Session
(AP)  A House panel rejected a bid to raise Idaho's cigarette tax by $1.25 per pack, with Republicans  calling it social engineering. The Revenue and Taxation Committee's vote Monday was 11-5, easily defeating the bill sponsored by groups including the American Lung Association. Reps. Lenore Barrett…
Many Idaho Women Not Happy With Legislature Right Now
(AP) - Nearly 250 people descended on the Idaho Capitol to protest a bill requiring women to get an ultrasound of their fetus before they can get an abortion. Gathered on the Capitol steps Thursday, the crowd waved signs and hammered Sen. Chuck Winder's proposed legislation, calling it a politi…
Rep. Sharon Block Says She’s Not Running Again
State Representative Sharon Block says she will not seek another term in the Idaho House of Representatives.  The Times News reports today that Block says she has no post-retirement plans but she does want to stay involved in the process.  Block was elected to the Idaho House in 2000 and h…
Idaho Legislature May Creat Ethics Commission
One of the main issues being considered this legislative session by Idaho lawmakers is the creation an independent ethics commission. Legislators on both sides of the Statehouse aisle are talking about joining 41 other states in the Union and creating an independent ethics commission for legislators…
Otter Veto’s Federal Health Care rejection Bill
Governor butch otter has vetoed a controversial bill that would have blocked portions of the federal health insurance overhaul in Idaho, but instead has issued an executive order targeted at the reforms.  Otter said Wednesday that while he is among the strongest opponents of the health care law, the…
Adjourned!
The 2011 Idaho Legislature ended Thursday with lawmakers dumping a rebate extension for alternative energy developers and passing the governor's plan to spur new jobs.
Legislative Update With Randy Stapilus 4/4/11
This week,  Idaho political expert Randy Stapilus takes a look at the GOP victory of closing the Idaho primary, the Idaho Legislators willingness to listen to the people and the schedule this week.  The Idaho Legislature could adjourn this week...

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