Latest Idaho State Legislature News

Idaho governor makes pick for vacant state Senate seat

Nov. 24, 2021 17:39 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Carrie Semmelroth has been appointed to the Idaho Senate. Republican Gov. Brad Little selected Semmelroth on Wednesday to serve out the term of former Democratic Sen. Ali Rabe, who moved to a different legislative district. ...

Malek drops out of lieutenant govenor race, endorses Bedke

Nov. 22, 2021 16:47 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former Idaho Republican lawmaker Luke Malek has dropped out of the race for lieutenant governor and endorsed Republican Speaker of the House Scott Bedke. The move announced Sunday leaves Bedke and Republican Rep. Priscilla Giddings as the two...

Idaho moves ahead on plan to appraise federal land for taxes

Nov. 18, 2021 16:25 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Only one company responded to a call by Idaho lawmakers seeking a third-party to appraise federal land in real-time to find out how much money the state would get paid in property taxes if the land were privately held. Idaho is roughly 63% federal...

Idaho Legislature adjourns after Senate kills vaccine bills

Nov. 17, 2021 22:44 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Legislature on Wednesday wrapped up its longest ever session, one dominated by COVID-19 that entered into numerous speeches, new laws and some lawmakers. The Legislature took a five-month break before returning Monday for three days that...

Idaho lawmakers advance vaccine worker comp legislation

Nov. 16, 2021 20:11 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill making it easier for Idaho residents to get worker compensation if they become ill after taking an employee-mandated vaccine sailed through the House and headed for the Senate on Tuesday. The measure passed the House on a 67-3 vote. It was...

Idaho lawmakers meet to take on federal vaccine requirements

Nov. 15, 2021 20:56 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers in a first-ever move in state history reconvened the Legislature on Monday after more than five months off to put forward about three dozen bills dealing with COVID-19 vaccine and mask requirements. The House never formally adjourned...

Idaho lawmaker censured for publicizing rape accuser's name

Nov. 15, 2021 16:33 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho lawmaker who publicized the name of a 19-year-old intern who reported she was raped by another legislator has been stripped of a committee assignment. Members of the Idaho House of Representatives voted 49-19 on Monday to remove Rep....

Idaho lawmaker warns business leader to avoid Statehouse

Nov. 15, 2021 15:09 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican representative is warning the head of the state’s top business lobby not to show up at the Statehouse as lawmakers reconvene Monday to consider COVID-19 legislation. Rep. Chad Christensen in a social media post on Saturday issued the...

Newly filed lawsuit targets Idaho's latest redistricting map

Nov. 12, 2021 18:43 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former state lawmaker on Friday sued Idaho’s redistricting commission, contending that the new map redrawing Idaho’s 35 legislative districts is unconstitutional because it splits up more counties than necessary. Branden Durst filed the...

Business group opposes Idaho lawmakers setting vaccine rules

Nov. 09, 2021 18:52 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state’s top business lobby group will oppose any attempts by the Legislature to impose restrictions on businesses requiring employees get COVID-19 vaccines, the group's president said in a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday. Idaho Association of...