Government + Politics

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, […]

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Legislator introduces bill to hike electric vehicle fees

BY: - April 6, 2021

Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, introduced three transportation-related bills in the Idaho House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, one of which would increase electric vehicle registration fees from $140 to $300. Palmer, who chairs the Transportation and Defense Committee, told legislators the bill would bring electric vehicle registration fees “into parity” with the fee that […]

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Biden opens up eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines, as infections surge in some states

BY: - April 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — Every adult in the U.S. will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by April 19, President Joe Biden said Tuesday, praising governors for lifting restrictions on vaccine eligibility earlier than his original May 1 deadline. But his remarks also came as states such as Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania reported worrisome COVID-19 trends. Michigan […]

Idaho State Capitol building in Boise.

Senate kills Strong Families grant bill…maybe

BY: - April 6, 2021

Senate kills Strong Students grant bill Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on April 6, 2021 The Senate Tuesday narrowly defeated a bill to create a “Strong Students” grant program for low-income families. The 16-18 vote ­— and the hour of sharply divided floor debate — reflected the controversy surrounding the grant bill, House Bill 294. Sen. […]

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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 […]

COMMENTARY
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Idaho’s resistance to fund full-day kindergarten goes back decades

BY: - April 6, 2021

Before his retirement 10 years ago, Greg Culet served for more than 30 years as a magistrate and district court judge in Idaho’s 3rd Judicial District, a sprawling six-county swath of southwestern Idaho. From family law cases to felonies, Culet observed thousands of defendants from behind the bench. Over time he observed one immutable reality.  […]

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposes mortgage servicing changes to prevent wave of COVID-19 foreclosures

BY: - April 6, 2021

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a set of rule changes Monday intended to help prevent avoidable foreclosures as the emergency federal foreclosure protections expire. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis, millions of families nationwide have suffered the loss of income and nearly 3 million homeowners are behind on their mortgages. The […]

The Idaho State Capitol reflected in the Joe R. Williams building on March 21, 2021.

City officials, legislators expect controversial property tax bill to return

BY: - April 6, 2021

As the Idaho Legislature gavels back into session today after a two-week recess following a COVID-19 outbreak, a viable property tax relief bill is still one of the top priorities for many. And while Senate Bill 1108 was narrowly defeated March 18, legislators and local city officials expect to see a similar bill introduced in […]

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Idaho health officials see more COVID variants in race against time for vaccinations

BY: - April 5, 2021

Just as vaccines were rolling out, scientists broke some news: They had discovered slightly tweaked versions of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. These variants seemed to spread more easily. They seemed to make people sicker. And some of them had changed in subtle ways that seemed to make it harder for antibodies to attack. First, […]

Activists march for missing and murdered Indigenous women at the Women's March California 2019 in Los Angeles.

Federal, state and tribal partners confront violence against Native Americans

BY: - April 5, 2021

Various members of Idaho’s federal and state court systems met Thursday to hold a roundtable event with Idaho tribal partners to learn from each other about violence against Native Americans and what actions could be taken to reduce domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other violent crime on Idaho’s reservations. The discussion is part […]

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 […]