Latest Idaho State Legislature News

Bedke dismisses claim that hearing is politically motivated

Jul. 21, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Rep. Priscilla Giddings says an ethics investigation she’s facing is “dirty politics,” but her opponent in the race for lieutenant governor, House Speaker Scott Bedke, said Wednesday the probe is legitimate and the complaint signed by a bipartisan group of 24...

Idaho lawmaker who shared rape accuser's name faces hearing

Jul. 20, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho lawmaker who publicized the name of a 19-year-old intern who accused another state lawmaker of rape will face a legislative ethics hearing over her actions next month. The House Ethics and Policy Committee found probable cause that Rep....

Ammon Bundy asks judge to toss trespassing verdict, acquit

Jul. 16, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy has asked a judge to throw out his conviction for trespassing at the Idaho Capitol and acquit him instead because he says the state's trespassing law should not be applied to public property. Idaho's courts, like...

Idaho GOP senators deny session to ban worker vaccine rules

Jul. 16, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republicans in the Idaho Senate are declining to reconvene the Legislature amid calls for legislation to prevent employers from requiring workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations, lawmakers said Friday. Republican Senate Pro Tempore Chuck Winder and...

The Latest: S Korea passes 1,000 new cases for 7th day

Jul. 12, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s streak of more than 1,000 daily coronavirus cases has reached a week as health authorities scramble to slow a viral surge that has brought Seoul’s thriving nightlife to a standstill and professional baseball to a halt. Authorities...

Lawmakers eye special session on mandatory COVID-19 vaccines

Jul. 12, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican state senators plan to meet this week to discuss the possibility of a special session after three large health care providers announced policies requiring employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations, the top Senate Republican said Monday. ...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Jun. 24, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Two visions of freedom June 20 Post Register There is a disturbing notion being promulgated in some corners of the far right, which is today ascendant in Idaho. ...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Jun. 10, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Just what exactly makes Bundy so unsuitable? June 9 The Lewiston Tribune The Idaho Republican Party has standards. Who knew? ...

Powerful Idaho House speaker to run for lieutenant governor

May. 27, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Powerful Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke announced Thursday he's running for lieutenant governor. Bedke, the longest serving speaker in state history, made the announcement in the Statehouse, becoming the third current or former House member to...

New wolf killing laws trigger push to revive US protections

May. 26, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates pressed the Biden administration on Wednesday to revive federal protections for gray wolves across the Northern Rockies after Republican lawmakers in Idaho and Montana made it much easier to kill the predators. The Center for...