Latest Idaho state government News

Is abortion illegal in the U.S. now? Depends where you live

Jun. 25, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Idaho will ban most abortions after US Supreme Court ruling

Jun. 24, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court with a 6-3 vote on Friday triggers a 2020 Idaho law banning all abortions except in cases of reported rape or incest, or to protect the mother’s life. That law takes effect 30 days after the court’s...

Idaho to receive $35.8 million in federal land payments

Jun. 23, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s 44 counties will receive a combined $35.8 million under a program intended to offset the loss of property taxes on federally managed land within the state, the Interior Department announced Thursday. President Joe Biden in March signed an...

Idaho gears up for wildfire season with bolstered crews

Jun. 21, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Cooler and wetter weather this spring has alleviated drought concerns in much of Idaho but spurred grass growth that could cause large rangeland wildfires in the southern part of the state as plants dry out this summer, wildfire forecasters told the Idaho Land Board on...

Idaho to sell 'high-end' island in Payette Lake near McCall

Jun. 21, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials on Tuesday voted to sell at auction a 14-acre “high-end” island in Payette Lake near the vacation and second-home town of McCall. Republican Gov. Brad Little and four other members of the Idaho Land Board voted 5-0 to reaffirm a previous...

Gov signs 'affidavit ballot' bill for voters without ID

Jun. 17, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday signed a bill that creates a new type of “affidavit ballot" for first-time voters in New Hampshire who don't have required documents. Under current law, such voters fill out affidavits promising to provide documentation within 10...

Experts: Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric could galvanize extremists

Jun. 14, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — As hate speech targeting LGBTQ people increases among some far-right influencers and others online, experts are warning that extremist groups may see the rhetoric as a call to action. Such may have been the case when 31 members of the neo-Nazi group Patriot...

Idaho Supreme Court considers death row clemency case

Jun. 13, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments on whether the state's constitution gives a governor the power to reject a state commission’s clemency decision for a death row inmate, but held off making a ruling. Gerald Pizzuto Jr. has spent more than three...

Man hospitalized in SW Idaho after police chase, shooting

Jun. 10, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) — A man involved in two shootings with law enforcement agencies and who stole two vehicles fleeing from police was shot and taken into custody, authorities said Thursday. The Meridian and Boise police departments said the first shooting incident involved the...

Idaho lawmakers hire firm to appraise federal public lands

Jun. 09, 2022 15:47 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have hired a Utah company to appraise federal land in three counties to determine how much tax revenue the land would generate if it was privately owned and subject to property taxes. Republican Sen. Steve Vick and Republican Rep. Sage Dixon,...