Latest Idaho State Legislature News

Former lawmaker not yet arrested two weeks after rape charge

Sep. 22, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A former Idaho state lawmaker has not yet turned himself in to face a rape charge despite a warrant being issued nearly two weeks ago. Aaron von Ehlinger was charged with rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object on Sept. 10 following a...

Lawmakers to discuss vaccine mandate with eye on reconvening

Sep. 20, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers on a committee that considers state sovereignty issues have bumped up their planned meeting next week to Wednesday to consider President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate. The meeting announced Monday is a potential avenue to reconvening the Legislature. ...

Idaho Republican officials plan lawsuit over vaccine mandate

Sep. 17, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican officials are warning President Joe Biden of legal action if his proposed coronavirus vaccine requirement for about 100 million Americans goes into effect. Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, House Speaker Scott Bedke...

Attempt by far-right to reconvene Idaho House fizzles

Sep. 15, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An attempt by far-right lawmakers Wednesday to form a quorum at the Statehouse that they say would have allowed them to force the Legislature to reconvene and pass laws to prohibit vaccine mandates fizzled when only 16 of the 70 House members showed up. ...

Far-right bid to reconvene Legislature called grandstanding

Sep. 14, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposed meeting Wednesday by far-right Idaho House members to form a quorum at the Statehouse and force the Legislature to reconvene to prohibit vaccine mandates is grandstanding and illegitimate and has no chance of succeeding, key lawmakers said. ...

Arrest warrant issued for ex-Idaho lawmaker on rape charges

Sep. 10, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Idaho lawmaker who resigned in disgrace after a 19-year-old intern reported that he brought her to his apartment on false pretenses and raped her. The Ada County arrest warrant on charges of rape and...

Idaho special session for Texas-type abortion law unlikely

Sep. 02, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers being called back to the Statehouse to pass a law similar to one in Texas banning most abortions is not likely, top elected officials said Thursday. Republican Gov. Brad Little said it’s up to the Senate and House if they want to...

Idaho lawmakers receive threatening letters over wolf law

Sep. 01, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — At least two Idaho state lawmakers received threatening letters concerning their votes on a law intended to drastically reduce wolf numbers. The anonymous letters to Republican Sen. Dan Johnson and Republican Rep. Caroline Troy say that “just as...

Denney issues order forming Idaho redistricting committee

Aug. 13, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney has issued an order forming the six-member commission that will redraw Idaho’s 35 legislative districts. The Republican secretary of state issued the order on Thursday to form the Commission for...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Aug. 06, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: U.S. must not leave Afghan helpers behind Aug. 4 Idaho Mountain Express Despite a two-decade investment of blood and treasure by the United States, the Afghanistan...