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Who pays for public health? Who sets pandemic rules? Idaho changed the law

BY: - July 26, 2021

Two bills passed through the Idaho Legislature in the 2021 session that changed how Idaho’s public health districts are funded, and how much authority they have. State and local governments are now taking up a big question: “What does the future of public health look like in Idaho?” said Seth Grigg, executive director of the […]

Idaho established a housing trust fund in ‘92, but it was never funded. What happened?

BY: - July 23, 2021

Headlines about housing from 1992 editions of the Idaho Statesman feel eerily familiar. Growth puts squeeze on number of available rentals in area Report says Idaho has housing woes Officials look for ways to ease growth burden Forum focuses on need for more affordable housing That year, Cecil Andrus — Idaho’s most recent Democratic governor […]

It’s official — Idaho ends budget year with record surplus of nearly $900 million

BY: - July 20, 2021

The state of Idaho closed the books on the 2021 budget year on June 30 with a record surplus of nearly $900 million on hand, Gov. Brad Little announced Tuesday. Now that June revenue numbers are finalized — and again beat state forecasts — Idaho officials know that they closed out the 2021 fiscal year with […]

Idaho Reps. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, and Tammy Nichols, R-Middleton

Rep. Priscilla Giddings to face ethics committee in August for two complaints

BY: - July 20, 2021

According to the Idaho Legislature’s House Journal, the House Ethics Committee has received two complaints against Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, alleging conduct unbecoming of a representative which is detrimental to the integrity of the House as a legislative body. The journal states the committee conducted a preliminary investigation and found probable cause exists that […]

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

Idaho Senate leaders call for meetings, not legislation, to address vaccine requirements

BY: - July 16, 2021

Republican leaders of the Idaho Senate are calling for government and business leaders to partner up to address vaccine requirements from several health care companies instead of adding regulations by writing legislation and passing laws. In a statement issued Thursday, the senators called for business leaders, Gov. Brad Little’s office, and the House of Representatives […]

Crowd gathers at the Idaho Statehouse

Hundreds attend Idaho Statehouse rally opposing vaccine mandates by businesses

BY: - July 15, 2021

Hundreds of people attended a rally on the Idaho Statehouse steps in opposition to vaccine requirements on Thursday morning, moments after Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin repeated her call for the Legislature to reconvene.  McGeachin, a Republican who is running for governor in 2022, requested Friday that House Speaker Scott Bedke reconvene the Idaho Legislature after […]

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Republican leaders choose three Idaho redistricting commission members

BY: - July 15, 2021

The three Republican members of the Idaho Citizens Committee for Reapportionment have been named by party leaders, according to press releases sent on Thursday. The committee is tasked with redrawing legislative and congressional district maps with updated U.S. Census Bureau data every 10 years. Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, announced the appointment […]

‘I am not an anti-vaxxer’: Two legislators have different reasons for opposing vaccine mandates

BY: - July 13, 2021

Two Nampa legislators were among the six who signed a statement on Monday declaring their opposition to local health care providers requiring employees to be vaccinated — but their reasons for doing so are nuanced. Rep. Rick Youngblood and Sen. Jeff Agenbroad are Republicans who represent Districts 12 and 13, respectively, in Canyon County. They […]

Will Idaho’s special interest groups be a barrier to tax code changes?

BY: - July 13, 2021

Editor’s note: This is Part III of an ongoing series examining the various aspects of Idaho’s tax exemptions and lack of a legislative review process. Part I can be found here, and Part II can be found here. There are more than 50 categories of goods and services exempt from taxation in Idaho, according to […]

Adare Manor apartments in Boise

‘Universally non-supportive’: Idaho is one of four states without state-level support for affordable housing

BY: - July 6, 2021

When affordable housing development Adare Manor opened in September 2019 on Fairview Avenue in Boise, it was fully occupied within three months and has had a waitlist ever since. It is one of nearly 50 affordable housing developments in Boise.  The rent ranges from $662 per month for one bedroom to $1,104 for a three-bedroom […]

Chuck Winder, left, and Scott Bedke, right

Idaho AG’s Office to GOP leaders: Yes, it is legal to keep adult vaccine records

BY: - July 2, 2021

Republican leaders in the Idaho Legislature this year accused the state of unlawfully keeping vaccination records and said the records should be destroyed. But a response from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office told them they were wrong. House and Senate Republican leaders on April 9 sent a letter to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden that […]

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

Idaho Freedom Foundation official fined for breaking lobbyist registration law

BY: - July 1, 2021

Dustin Hurst, vice president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, has been fined $250 for lobbying on Idaho’s higher education budget without first registering as a lobbyist. The Idaho Freedom Foundation is a Boise-based nonprofit organization that advocates for limited government. It created an organization in recent years called Idaho Freedom Action, with the same staff […]