Bedke: ‘We’re going to be deliberate’ on lt. gov.’s request to look at vaccine rules

BY: and - July 9, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued a letter to Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, on Friday calling on him to reconvene the Legislature to address the issue of health care providers mandating COVID-19 vaccines for employees. Bedke told the Idaho Capital Sun on Friday afternoon that he and Senate leadership plan to do more research […]

Idaho Senate adjourns for the year as the House calls another recess

BY: - May 13, 2021

A political staring contest lasted late into the night Wednesday as legislators disagreed over how to wrap up the longest legislative session in Idaho history. Ultimately, the Idaho Senate voted to adjourn the 2021 legislative session for the year at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.  Shortly before 11:30 p.m., the Idaho House of Representatives voted down […]

‘Our economy won’t recover without child care.’ Boise-area child care providers to protest Legislature’s inaction

BY: - April 30, 2021

Child care centers across the Treasure Valley are scheduled to be closed Monday to call attention to $34 million in child care funding that the Idaho Legislature has not approved. Child care providers say the funds are the difference between staying open and closing their doors. The Idaho House of Representatives voted down the $200 […]

Idaho House passes social justice bill on party-line vote

BY: - April 22, 2021

On a party-line vote, the Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill aimed at addressing social justice topics in public schools. House Bill 377 was introduced Wednesday by Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, and Sen. Carl Crabtree, R-Grangeville, and would prohibit certain principles from being taught in public schools or using public funds to promote […]

Legislative committee introduces bill addressing social justice topics in schools

BY: - April 21, 2021

A bill aimed at addressing social justice topics in public schools was among five bills introduced in the House Ways and Means committee of the Idaho Legislature on Wednesday afternoon, and the House Education Committee will consider it Thursday morning. Ways and Means is a committee that can be utilized toward the end of a […]

Idaho Legislature works a short day despite budget impasse

BY: - April 20, 2021

The 100th day of the 2021 Idaho legislative session came and went Tuesday without any meaningful progress toward passing a balanced budget and adjournment — but lawmakers did support a measure that would allow legislators to call themselves back into a special session.  Now in the longest session of the past 10 years, both chambers […]

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 […]