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Clark Corbin

Clark Corbin

Clark Corbin has more than a decade of experience covering Idaho government and politics. He has covered every Idaho legislative session since 2011 gavel-to-gavel. Prior to joining the Idaho Capital Sun he reported for the Idaho Falls Post Register and Idaho Education News. His reporting in Idaho has helped uncover a multimillion-dollar investment scam and exposed inaccurate data that school districts submitted to the state.

Idaho State Capitol building in Boise.

House committee advances bill prohibiting organizations, nonprofits from funding election work in Idaho

By: - April 13, 2021

The House State Affairs Committee has advanced a bill that would prohibit outside organizations from providing funding for elections in Idaho. Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene, said Senate Bill 1168 is necessary because of out-of-state grant funding that came into Idaho to support the 2020 elections. Souza said the nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic […]

Idaho Capitol rotunda

House Republicans kill $1.1B budget for teacher salaries

By: - April 13, 2021

Thirty-four House Republicans killed the $1.1 billion public school budget for Idaho teacher salaries Tuesday, raising even more uncertainty about the Legislature’s ability to adjourn the session. Hardline conservative legislators led opposition to House Bill 354 after a 70-minute debate that was dominated by conservatives’ concerns that social justice and critical race theory teachings were […]

Greater Idaho Map

Idaho legislators hold hearing on redrawing state border to take in Oregon counties

By: - April 12, 2021

Two of the Idaho Legislature’s committees teamed up Monday for a joint hearing over a longshot proposal to redraw Oregon’s border so that about 20 rural Oregon counties would become part of Idaho. There was no bill, budget or formal proposal to act on.  But the House Environment, Energy and Transportation Committee and the Senate […]

Idaho Senate passes bill to limit governor’s emergency powers

By: - April 9, 2021

The Idaho Senate passed a bill Friday that would limit a governor’s emergency declaration powers and limit emergency restrictions that could be placed on residents or workers. If passed into law, House Bill 135 would make it so a governor could not extend an emergency or disaster declaration passed 60 days, except to continue receiving […]

Idaho Legislature comes out against Simpson’s salmon recovery plan

By: - April 8, 2021

The Idaho Legislature formally came out against U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson’s salmon recovery proposal that calls for breaching dams along the Snake River. The Idaho House voted 58-12 along party lines Thursday to adopt Senate Joint Memorial 103, which is a statement of opposition to removing or breaching dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers […]

Idaho Legislature approves changes to initiative signature gathering requirements

By: - April 7, 2021

The Idaho House on Wednesday sent a bill that would change the signature gathering requirements for citizen ballot initiatives to Gov. Brad Little’s desk for final consideration. If passed into law, Senate Bill 1110 would require organizers of a ballot initiative to collect signatures from 6% of voters in each of the state’s 35 legislative […]

Idaho House kills $200M welfare budget on first day back

By: - April 6, 2021

The Idaho House killed next year’s $200 million Division of Welfare budget hours after the Legislature reconvened Tuesday following a COVID-19 outbreak that had put the session on hold since March 19.  The failure of the budget bill likely means the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee will reconvene in the coming days and draft a new budget, […]

The Idaho Statehouse in Boise

Legislature reconvenes Tuesday following Statehouse COVID-19 outbreak

By: - April 6, 2021

The Idaho Legislature is preparing to resume the 2021 session Tuesday following a 17-day recess that legislators abruptly announced amid a COVID-19 outbreak inside the Statehouse. Legislators shut things down March 19 after at least six House members and one staffer tested positive over the previous week and a half. Two members of the Senate […]

State legislator: Idaho lawmakers discussed not fully adjourning session this year 

By: - April 6, 2021

A Republican committee chairman said Idaho legislators have discussed the possibility of not making the traditional motion to adjourn their business for the year.   Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls, said legislators’ concerns about Gov. Brad Little’s authority and handling of CARES Act stimulus funding while the Legislature was not in session in 2020 prompted the […]

The Idaho State Capitol on March 21, 2021.

After COVID scare, Idaho Legislature back in session Tuesday. Here’s how to follow along.

By: - April 5, 2021

When the Idaho Legislature reconvenes Tuesday following an abrupt 17-day recess brought on by a COVID-19 Statehouse outbreak, Idahoans will be able to follow the action without leaving their home or office. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Legislature and Idaho Public Television have offered live streaming video of all committee hearings and floor sessions […]

Opponents of several bills targeting transgender youth attend a rally at the Alabama State House to draw attention to anti-transgender legislation introduced in Alabama on March 30, 2021 in Montgomery, Alabama.

30 U.S. states now considering version of Idaho’s transgender athlete bill 

By: - April 2, 2021

A bill that bans transgender girls and women from participating in girls’ and women’s sports has quickly spread to 30 statehouses across the country after originating in Idaho. Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, the bill originated in the form of House Bill 500 during the 2020 Idaho legislative session. The Republican supermajority that […]

The Idaho Statehouse in Boise

Idaho bills restricting voting, ballot procedures hang in balance as session nears end

By: - April 1, 2021

The fate of several bills that would restrict voting or ballot initiative procedures in Idaho hang in the balance when the Legislature reconvenes April 6 after postponing the 2021 session due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Capitol. One would put new restrictions on turning in absentee ballots. House Bill 223, pushed by House Majority […]