Latest Idaho state government News

Group: U.S. pushing through Idaho grazing plans

Apr. 2, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials are using the coronavirus pandemic to force a through long-delayed Idaho livestock grazing allotment decision in critical sage grouse habitat for a powerful agribusiness, an environmental group says. Wildlands Defense is asking the Bureau of Land Management to delay its...

Idaho Statehouse reporter tests positive for coronavirus

Apr. 1, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A reporter for a Boise television station who covered the Idaho Legislature and attended recent news conferences held by Gov. Brad Little said he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Joe Parris of KTVB-TV said Wednesday he was tested on March 24 and was told Tuesday he had the...

Little vetoes license-exemption bill for rehab center

Mar. 31, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have carved out an exemption allowing a northern Idaho lawmaker's faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center to treat teenagers without a state license. The Republican governor in his veto message said the measure didn't...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, from left, Christopher Tapp, Republican Rep. Doug Ricks and Charles Fain appeared before the Idaho House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee in Boise, Idaho, to testify in favor of legislation that would compensate the wrongly convicted. Tapp and Fain combined spent nearly 40 years in Idaho prisons for crimes they didn't commit after being convicted of murder. Idaho Gov. Brad Little has vetoed legislation that would have set up a process to compensate people convicted of crimes they didn't commit. The Republican governor in his veto message on Monday, March 31, 2020, says the measure's objective is admirable, but its process using the courts is flawed. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Idaho governor vetoes bill to compensate wrongly convicted

Mar. 31, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has vetoed legislation that would have set up a process to compensate people convicted of crimes they didn't commit, but suggested he would approve future legislation that didn't put the state in court as a first step. The Republican governor on Monday said the measure's objective was...

Idaho governor signs affirmative action ban into law

Mar. 31, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law legislation banning affirmative action for state agencies, state contracting and public education. The Republican governor on Monday signed the measure that adds a new section to laws that opponents said negates another section prohibiting...

Idaho governor signs into law anti-transgender legislation

Mar. 30, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday signed into law two anti-transgender bills, making Idaho the first among states that introduced some 40 such bills this year to enact them. The Republican governor approved legislation that prohibits transgender people from changing the sex listed on...

Idaho to hold May primary by mail only due to coronavirus

Mar. 30, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said Monday that the state primary will be held on May 19 as planned, but it will be conducted by mail with no in-person voting due to the coronavirus. The Republican governor is urging all Idahoans eligible to vote to...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2016, file photo, a contestant competes in the Snowball Special fat bike race at Sun Valley Resort in Blaine County, Idaho. Three Idaho residents have become the first reported deaths in the state because of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, state health officials announced Thursday.  Two of the cases were in Blaine County, the epicenter of Idaho's outbreak. (Chadd Cripe/Idaho Statesman via AP)

Ski vacation hot spot becomes virus ground zero in Idaho

Mar. 27, 2020 11:08 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A scenic Idaho county known as a ski-vacation haven for celebrities and the wealthy has a new, more dubious distinction: It has one of the highest per-capita rates of confirmed coronavirus infections in America. Numbers from Johns Hopkins University on Friday show that with more than...

Idaho Gov. Brad Little responds to a reporter's question at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho on Friday, March 27. Little has ordered a 1% cut in state agency spending because of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. The Republican governor said the 1% cutback doesn't apply to healthcare workers. He also on Friday directed the Idaho Department of Labor to make it easier for people who've lost their jobs to file unemployment claims. He also ordered a $40 million transfer of funds to fight the virus. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

Idaho governor orders 1% budget cut due to coronavirus

Mar. 27, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Friday ordered a 1% cut in state agency spending because of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. He also directed the Idaho Department of Labor to make it easier to file unemployment claims as thousands of workers have lost their jobs in recent...

Idaho governor approves $400,000 to kill problem wolves

Mar. 27, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation sending just under $400,000 to a state board to use to kill problem wolves in Idaho has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little. The Republican governor signed the bill Tuesday, according to his website. The budget bill taps money in the state's general fund to kill wolves...