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Idaho judge weighs if governor has power over commutations

Jan. 20, 2022 20:24 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A state judge is weighing whether Idaho's Constitution allows the governor to reject a parole board's recommendation when it comes to commuting a death sentence — a decision that may determine if a longtime death row inmate will be executed. 2nd District...

Energy entities eye clean-energy strategy for western states

Jan. 20, 2022 19:43 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two electric utilities and a federal energy agency with millions of customers in eight western states have reached a tentative agreement centered on a new energy transmission line connecting their power grids. Idaho Power, PacifiCorp and the Bonneville Power...

Record $600M Idaho tax cut clears House, heads to Senate

Jan. 20, 2022 17:53 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s largest-ever tax cut cleared the House on Thursday and headed to the Senate. The House voted 57-13 with no Democratic support to approve the $600 million cut that includes a one-time $350 million in rebates and $250 million in permanent income tax...

Record Idaho tax cut clears panel, heads to House for vote

Jan. 18, 2022 17:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of lawmakers on Tuesday approved the state’s largest-ever tax relief package, voting to send the $600 million tax measure to the full House. “Every Idahoan benefits from this bill,” said Republican Rep. Mike Moyle. “I want to emphasize that.” ...

Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change

Jan. 15, 2022 11:37 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty air. Democratic...

Idaho Republicans seek to up deadline for affiliation change

Jan. 13, 2022 18:04 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s 300,000 unaffiliated voters might have to act fast if they want to participate in the closed Republican primary on May 17. A Republican-backed bill introduced Thursday would eliminate the current practice allowing unaffiliated voters to change their...

Lawmakers aim to reject, replace Idaho education standards

Jan. 13, 2022 17:14 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of Idaho lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation to reject the math, science and English standards currently used to make sure Idaho’s more than 300,000 K-12 students are meeting specific criteria and replace them with new ones. Backers of current...

Nevada candidate seeks Trump's favor with Florida TV spot

Jan. 13, 2022 15:06 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — In a campaign ad, Nevada gubernatorial candidate Michele Fiore steps out of a Ford F-150 with a handgun holstered on her hip and tells viewers she was one of the first elected officials to endorse Donald Trump in the lead-up to the 2016 election. “You...

Bill to cut income tax introduced in Idaho House committee

Jan. 12, 2022 14:36 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to cut Idaho's income tax and provide one-time rebates was introduced Wednesday in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee. Gov. Brad Little outlined the proposal in his State of the State address earlier this week, and the House committee moved...

Idaho confronts climate change with money to protect forests

Jan. 11, 2022 17:01 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Increasingly destructive Idaho wildfires that the state’s Republican governor blames in part on climate change have resulted in him proposing a budget adding more firefighters and $150 million for future firefighting costs. Gov. Brad Little included the money...