Government + Politics

Jim Jones stands in front of Gov. Brad Little's office before handing over a petition with 16,000 signatures calling on the governor to veto a bill expanding requirements for ballot initiatives.

Former chief justice delivers 16,000 signatures to governor’s office urging veto on initiative bill

BY: - April 8, 2021

A former chief justice of the Idaho Supreme Court delivered a petition with 16,000 signatures to Gov. Brad Little’s office asking that the governor veto a bill that would add more requirements for Idahoans to get an initiative on the ballot, according to a press release from Conservation Voters for Idaho. Senate Bill 1110, which […]

Income tax cut and rebate bill sent to amending order for adjustments

BY: - April 8, 2021

An income tax bill that would lower Idaho’s top corporate and individual tax brackets and issue a tax rebate to Idaho residents was sent to the 14th Order for amendments by the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee on Thursday. Senators said adjustments need to be made to the tax bracket numbers, and one senator […]

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 […]

Mourners visit and leave flowers at the site of two shootings at spas across the street from one another, in memorial for the lives lost, on March 17, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia.

U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment,’ Biden says in rolling out executive action

BY: - April 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday reiterated his call on Congress to pass stalled gun legislation reform but also outlined executive action he’s taking on several gun control measures, following deadly mass shootings last month in Colorado and Georgia. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment,” Biden said […]

Shoppers are evacuated from a King Soopers grocery store after a gunman opened fire on March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado.

Biden administration to suggest model ‘red flag’ gun laws for states

BY: - April 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice will distribute model “red flag” legislation to states so they can enact laws that would allow courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is distressed, according to senior Biden administration officials. “The president will not wait for Congress to act before the administration takes our own […]

Idaho House of Representatives

Idaho Legislature’s COVID-19 outbreak infected at least 14, spread to household members

BY: - April 8, 2021

The COVID-19 cluster that formed last month in the Idaho Capitol building infected at least 14 people who live in four different regions of the state. The Idaho Legislature went into recess March 19 after several legislators and employees tested positive in the span of a week and a half. Earlier in the legislative session, […]

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Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin presides over the Idaho Senate.

Lt. Gov. McGeachin, state lawmakers continue steady march to the right

BY: - April 8, 2021

This year may not be a banner year for Gov. Brad Little or the Idaho Legislature, which just came back from its COVID-19 recess on Tuesday. But it has been a nice session for Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin as far as raising her political profile and conservatives in general. Since the start of this year’s […]

The Senate in session at the Idaho Capitol on April 6, 2021.

Idaho may soon become 50th state to legalize industrial hemp

BY: - April 7, 2021

Both chambers of the Idaho Legislature passed a bill that would legalize the production, processing, research and transportation of industrial hemp statewide. The Idaho Senate passed the bill in a 30-5 vote on Wednesday. Until now, Idaho has been the lone holdout in the United States that did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana. […]

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 […]

U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Quest for D.C. statehood finds new friends and foes: Other states

BY: - April 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress had yet to schedule a hearing on a measure granting statehood to the District of Columbia when a panel of state lawmakers in Arizona voted in February to take a stand against D.C’s plea to become the 51st state. From their committee room some 2,300 miles from the nation’s capital, members of […]

Reclaim Idaho files preemptive initiative in response to Senate Bill 1110

BY: - April 7, 2021

Reclaim Idaho, a grassroots organization that spearheaded the ballot initiative campaign for Medicaid expansion in Idaho in 2018, has filed an initiative with the Idaho Secretary of State that would preserve the traditional signature requirements for ballot initiatives in the state. Senate Bill 1110 passed the Idaho House on Wednesday afternoon by a vote of […]

Senate committee kills sex education ‘opt-in’ bill

BY: - April 7, 2021

Senate committee kills sex education ‘opt-in’ bill Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on April 7, 2021 An “opt-in” bill for courses in human sexuality is dead for the session. On a 5-4 vote, the Senate Education Committee rejected House Bill 249, which would have given parents the right to opt their children into classes on sexuality. […]