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Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.

Idaho Power has several electric vehicles in its fleet, including passenger cars, hybrid-electric trucks and electric utility vehicles.

Idaho bill that would double electric vehicle fees unlikely to move forward this session

By: - April 20, 2021

A bill that would have raised electric vehicle registration fees from $140 to $300 per year appears to be dead for the session after concerns about its impact were raised by Idaho Power. The bill was introduced in early April through the House Ways and Means Committee by Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, who is the […]

Idaho one of 16 states with no tax policy review process, report shows

By: - April 19, 2021

The Idaho Legislature is managing tax policy low on information and with no official process for reviewing exemptions and other tax policies, according to a recent Office of Performance Evaluations report. Representatives from the Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations presented findings from a request in 2020 made by Reps. Steve Berch, D-Boise, and Rick Youngblood, […]

The Idaho Statehouse in Boise

Idaho governor signs into law legislation to raise bar on ballot initiatives

By: and - April 17, 2021

Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a bill that would change the requirements for gathering signatures to bring a ballot initiative forward to Idaho voters. Little confirmed he signed Senate Bill 1110 on Saturday in a letter to Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who presides over the Idaho Senate. The bill requires organizers of a […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announces veto of Idaho Legislature bill to curb executive power

Idaho Gov. Little vetoing “just plain irresponsible” bills to curb emergency power

By: - April 16, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced Friday that he will veto two bills passed by the Idaho Legislature that sought to limit his governing abilities during an emergency. In a public address, Little said the bills violate the Idaho Constitution “on a number of fronts,” including the powers of the executive branch. He spoke forcefully against what […]

Idaho House floor

Resolution requiring legislative approval to legalize drugs fails in House

By: - April 15, 2021

A joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds majority in the Idaho Legislature to approve legalization of controlled substances failed to reach the required vote threshold on Thursday, effectively killing the bill.  The House of Representatives debated the resolution for two hours, with emotional testimony from legislators who normally stay quiet […]

Nearly 80% of Boise-area residents surveyed say cities are growing too fast

By: - April 15, 2021

The vast majority of Treasure Valley residents recently surveyed say the area is growing too fast, and nearly half say the rising cost of homes and rentals is causing them financial strain. The survey, conducted by the Boise State University School of Public Service between Nov. 29 and Dec. 3, sampled 750 residents of the […]

Idaho State Capitol

Child nutrition assistance program funding request moves forward after delay

By: - April 13, 2021

After back and forth with legislators over details, a funding request for $1.6 million to continue a pandemic-specific nutrition assistance program cleared the Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee by a vote of 18-2. The funding is allocated for the free and reduced lunch program that will assist approximately 71,000 students. The request first came before […]

The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee room

JFAC approves $1.75M increase for state police presence at Idaho Capitol

By: - April 13, 2021

Members of the Idaho Legislature’s top financial committee approved a one-time funding request of $1.75 million to provide additional Idaho State Police trooper security staffing at the Idaho Capitol building and the Idaho Supreme Court. The request is a continuation of funding approved by the Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee in December that allocated $350,000 to […]

Boise State sign

New Boise State Model United Nations program receives $500,000 gift

By: - April 13, 2021

Boise State University will begin a new Model United Nations program after a donation of $500,000 from the Frank Church Institute, according to a BSU press release. The money will be used to administer the program and to subsidize attendance from high school students who will participate in an annual competition on Boise State’s campus. […]

Largest transportation funding bill of 2021 heads to Senate floor

By: - April 12, 2021

The largest transportation funding bill of the Idaho Legislature’s 2021 session advanced to the Senate floor on Monday, narrowly avoiding a trip to the amending order that would have continued to delay an end to this year’s legislative activities. House Bill 362 is a new version of a bill introduced earlier in the session that […]

Child nutrition assistance program put on hold after committee vote

By: - April 12, 2021

Funding for a nutrition assistance program benefiting approximately 71,000 children stalled Monday after the Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee delayed approval because one legislator expressed concerns about the accounting process. Legislators delayed the funding for the Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer program administered by the Idaho State Department of Education after Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, raised a […]

The Boise Centre downtown.

Boise auditorium district was down $3.1M last year, but demand may be up – way up – come fall

By: - April 12, 2021

Despite a downturn in hotel occupancy rates during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, officials with the Greater Boise Auditorium District and Pocatello-Chubbuck Auditorium District say they used reserve funds to get by and expect a boom from pent-up demand in the coming months. Auditorium districts were established in Idaho Code in 1959 […]