Latest Idaho state government News

Record $600M Idaho tax cut heads to full Senate

Jan. 27, 2022 19:57 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation containing Idaho’s largest-ever tax cut continued its apparent unstoppable trip through the Legislature on Thursday. The measure cleared a Senate panel with no Democratic support and headed to the full Senate where Republicans hold a super-majority...

Idaho Supreme Court upholds new legislative district map

Jan. 27, 2022 19:43 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld the state's new map redrawing Idaho's 35 legislative districts, finding that four separate lawsuits against the Idaho Commission for Reapportionment failed to show that the way the map split some counties was unreasonable. ...

Idaho wolf population holding steady, wildlife officials say

Jan. 27, 2022 16:42 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's wolf population remained steady at about 1,500 last year, state wildlife managers said Thursday. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game made the population estimate public during an Idaho Fish and Game Commission meeting. Wildlife officials...

House panel introduces bill banning youth conversion therapy

Jan. 27, 2022 14:31 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House panel has introduced legislation that would bar licensed therapists and counselors from offering so-called conversion therapy to minors. Conversion therapy — sometimes called “reparation therapy” — is the scientifically discredited practice of...

Anti-abortion resolution to lower flags passes Idaho House

Jan. 26, 2022 16:30 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The full Idaho House on Wednesday adopted an anti-abortion resolution encouraging people to fly flags at half-staff one day a year in recognition of abortions performed since the medical procedure became legal nearly 50 years ago. But critics of the resolution said it...

Proposed law would set end date for Idaho Legislature

Jan. 26, 2022 13:02 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Senate panel on Wednesday introduced legislation to set an end date for Idaho legislative sessions, a bill that has been tried before but comes in the wake of last year’s record-long session. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted to hold a potential...

Coronavirus liability shield extension bill heads to House

Jan. 25, 2022 17:53 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation headed to the full House on Tuesday to extend a legal shield for Idaho businesses, schools and government entities from lawsuits if someone catches COVID-19. The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee voted to approve the measure that...

Scholarship change eyed for survivors of Idaho soldiers

Jan. 25, 2022 15:31 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation prompted by the deaths of three Idaho Army National Guard pilots killed in a helicopter crash during a training exercise last year was introduced on Tuesday. The House Education Committee approved a possible hearing for the measure that would change...

Idaho Supreme Court considers new congressional district map

Jan. 24, 2022 18:46 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments on whether the state's redistricting commission met deadlines and properly split the state into two new U.S. congressional voting districts. Christopher Pentico brought the lawsuit against the bipartisan Idaho...

Idaho official defends state's education system to lawmakers

Jan. 24, 2022 18:24 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A top Idaho education official on Monday gave a full-throated defense of the state's public education system that in recent years has come under attack by far-right-wing lawmakers seeking to cut financial support. Idaho State Board of Education President Kurt...