2012 Legislature http://boisestatepublicradio.org en A Federal Judge Rules Idaho's State Capitol Camping Ban Is Constitutional http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-rules-idahos-state-capitol-camping-ban-constitutional <p>A federal judge has ruled in favor of the state in a lawsuit over rules developed in response to the <a href="http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-lawmakers-still-occupied-occupy-boise">Occupy Boise protesters</a> who pitched tents and camped on grounds near the Capitol.</p><p>U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill determined last week that Idaho's no-camping statute on the Capitol Mall is constitutional and attempts to enforce a camping ban did not infringe on free speech rights.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 23:00:31 +0000 Associated Press 28241 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Federal Judge Rules Idaho's State Capitol Camping Ban Is Constitutional Public Wants Idaho Lawmakers To Invest More Dollars Into Education http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/public-wants-idaho-lawmakers-invest-more-dollars-education <p>About 350 people came to a meeting at Idaho’s capital Monday night which lawmakers called an education listening session. Many signed up to share their thoughts on issues facing public schools. One theme rose to the top, education funding, or the lack of it.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:04:14 +0000 Adam Cotterell 20847 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Public Wants Idaho Lawmakers To Invest More Dollars Into Education Seven Races To Watch In The Idaho Legislature http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/seven-races-watch-idaho-legislature <p>All 35 seats in the Idaho Senate, and 70 in the Idaho House, are up for grabs in the November election.&nbsp; The lines around the 35 legislative districts were re-drawn last year, creating a brand-new political landscape for incumbents and challengers.&nbsp; We wanted to know which races were generating the most buzz.</p><p>With some help from Boise State Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief, we’ve compiled a list of seven legislative races to watch:</p><p><strong>1. House District 2B: Democrat Dan English vs. Republican Ed Morse</strong></p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 15693 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Seven Races To Watch In The Idaho Legislature Data Show State Used Vacant Governor’s Mansion 42 Times In Three Years http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/data-show-state-used-vacant-governor-s-mansion-42-times-three-years <p>Idaho&rsquo;s never-lived-in governor&rsquo;s mansion <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/2012/07/04/governors-housing-panel-to-consider-selling-hilltop-mansion/" target="_blank" title="Governor’s Housing Panel To Consider Selling Hilltop Mansion">will cost the state</a> about $180,000 to maintain from now until next&nbsp;July.</p><p>The state has justified that cost by saying the mansion is frequently used by government departments and the first family.&nbsp; So, we wanted to know just how often it&rsquo;s used, and how much rent it brings in on a yearly basis.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 16:52:17 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 9382 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Data Show State Used Vacant Governor’s Mansion 42 Times In Three Years Idaho Legislators To Receive Raise, Remain On Honor System For Per Diem Payments http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-legislators-receive-raise-remain-honor-system-diem-payments <p>The committee that oversees compensation for state legislators today attempted to clarify when lawmakers may claim the $122 per diem payment intended for those who maintain a second residence during the legislative session.&nbsp; That payment became a source of controversy last fall, after<a href="http://www.idahopress.com/news/mcgee-receives-housing-money-lives-with-parents/article_d6c61f28-ebe8-11e0-8bfb-001cc4c03286.html" target="_blank"> the AP reported</a> that one state senator claimed it while staying with his parents, and another claimed it while staying on his law firm&rsquo;s couc Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:25:57 +0000 Molly Messick 8746 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Legislators To Receive Raise, Remain On Honor System For Per Diem Payments Group Creating A State Plan For Alzheimer’s Crisis http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/group-creating-state-plan-alzheimer-s-crisis <p>New figures from the Alzheimer&rsquo;s Association show 75-thousand people in Idaho - usually family members - are helping care for a patient with the disease.&nbsp; An organization known as the <a href="http://hs.boisestate.edu/csa/iapg/" target="_blank">Idaho Alzheimer&rsquo;s Planning Group</a> is working on a <a href="http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_state_plans.asp" target="_blank">state plan</a> to help patients and those caregivers. Mon, 07 May 2012 12:35:53 +0000 Samantha Wright 5530 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Group Creating A State Plan For Alzheimer’s Crisis Idaho Lawmaker Is Tax Crusader To Some, Tax Dodger To Feds http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-lawmaker-tax-crusader-some-tax-dodger-feds <p>Tax evasion will get you into hot water with the IRS. But in north Idaho, it won&rsquo;t necessarily spell the end of your political career. A Republican state legislator who believes the federal income tax is unconstitutional is battling charges of tax evasion, even as he seeks re-election.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:09:40 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4229 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Lawmaker Is Tax Crusader To Some, Tax Dodger To Feds Session Wrap: Lawmakers Expand Tax Exemptions http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/session-wrap-lawmakers-expand-tax-exemptions <p>Free samples of beer and wine are now tax-free.&nbsp; So are parts for some airplanes that are worked on in&nbsp;Idaho.</p><p>Lawmakers expanded and added new tax exemptions during the 2012 session, <a href="http://commerce.idaho.gov/assets/content/docs/Business%20Incentive%20Manual%202.pdf" target="_blank">adding to a growing list</a> (exemptions start on page&nbsp;41).</p><p>Lets start with the&nbsp;new.&nbsp; <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/2012/04/04/session-wrap-lawmakers-expand-tax-exemptions/">Continue reading</a>....</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 20:34:09 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 3624 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Session Wrap: Lawmakers Expand Tax Exemptions North Idaho Lawmaker's Tax Troubles Continue http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/north-idaho-lawmakers-tax-troubles-continue <p>Monday Rep. Phil Hart (R-Hayden) pled his state tax case before the Idaho Supreme Court.&nbsp; The Republican owes more than 50-thousand dollars in taxes and penalties to Idaho.&nbsp; Today his federal tax case took a new turn.&nbsp;U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge denied most of Hart&rsquo;s arguments. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 21:14:20 +0000 Samantha Wright 3554 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org North Idaho Lawmaker's Tax Troubles Continue Session Wrap: What Passed, What Flopped http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/session-wrap-what-passed-what-flopped <p>The 2012 Legislature adjourned&nbsp;late last week, accomplishing its only constitutional duty, which is to pass a balanced budget.&nbsp; <em>StateImpact Idaho&rsquo;s</em> Emilie Ritter Saunders has watched the budget process closely.&nbsp; Saunders told Samantha Wright there weren&rsquo;t many surprises this session, but there were a couple of things that didn&rsquo;t pan out, including creating a state health care exchange.</p><p>TRANSCRIPT</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:49:38 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders & Samantha Wright 3534 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Session Wrap: What Passed, What Flopped Idaho Democrats Push For Constitutional Amendment Against Ultrasounds http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-democrats-push-constitutional-amendment-against-ultrasounds <p>Idaho Democrats pushed for a jobs package and ethics reform at the start of this legislative term.&nbsp; At the end, none of these proposals made it very far.&nbsp; <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/idaho/files/Dem%27s%20Idaho%20House%20of%20Representatives.doc">They announced Friday they&rsquo;ll renew their efforts next year</a>.&nbsp; Democrats also want a constitutional amendment to guard against mandated medical procedures.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 22:05:42 +0000 3384 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Democrats Push For Constitutional Amendment Against Ultrasounds Idaho Governor Calls Legislative Session “Great” http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-governor-calls-legislative-session-great <p>Governor &ldquo;Butch&rdquo; Otter said Friday the legislature had &ldquo;81 very successful days.&rdquo;&nbsp; That&rsquo;s how long it took to wrap up this session.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:55:48 +0000 3383 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor Calls Legislative Session “Great” Gavels Down: Idaho Lawmakers Go Home http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gavels-down-idaho-lawmakers-go-home <p>Idaho lawmakers wrapped up business Thursday and called an end to the 2012 legislative session.&nbsp; In the Idaho House, legislators joked over the motion to adjourn.&nbsp; &ldquo;You&rsquo;ve heard the motion, all those in favor say aye&hellip;Aye!...All those opposed say nay&hellip;Nay&hellip;The ayes appear to have it. The ayes do have it. The House stands adjourned Sine Die.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:35:08 +0000 Samantha Wright, , Sadie Babits & Emilie Ritter Saunders 3314 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gavels Down: Idaho Lawmakers Go Home Idaho Lawmakers Finish Session With $35 Million Tax Cut http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-lawmakers-finish-session-35-million-tax-cut <p>Idaho lawmakers wrapped up the 2012 session Thursday.&nbsp; The House of Representatives adjourned first.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-lawmakers-sprint-finish-line">The Senate took much longer</a> as lawmakers signed off on key pieces of legislation and said their goodbyes.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 03:16:43 +0000 3315 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Lawmakers Finish Session With $35 Million Tax Cut Women Seeking Abortion Won't Need Ultrasound http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/women-seeking-abortion-wont-need-ultrasound <p>Women wanting an abortion won&#39;t need an ultrasound in Idaho. State lawmakers were considering a measure to make that the case.&nbsp; Right to Life advocates wanted this legislation&nbsp;to&nbsp;persuade more women to say no to an abortion.&nbsp; Over the last two months, the mandate sparked rallies and fierce debate.&nbsp; Sen. Chuck Winder (R-Boise) said &ldquo;I just see that there&#39;s a higher, at least in my opinion, need to protect the unborn and to respect the life of the developing child.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:11:47 +0000 Samantha Wright 3153 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Women Seeking Abortion Won't Need Ultrasound Idaho Lawmakers Reject New Contraception Policy http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-lawmakers-reject-new-contraception-policy <p>Religious beliefs and contraception collided Friday in the Idaho House of Representatives, where a majority of lawmakers voted to send a message to the President and U.S. Congress to reject a new birth control policy.&nbsp;</p><p>The Obama Administration has been walking a tightrope on contraception these past few weeks.&nbsp; It started with a requirement that religious non-profits offer workers birth control free of charge.&nbsp; After a backlash, the Administration offered to exempt these groups and place the cost on their insurers.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 20:38:52 +0000 2940 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Lawmakers Reject New Contraception Policy Cable TV Bill Streamlines Access, But Public Access Channels Could Go Dark http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/cable-tv-bill-streamlines-access-public-access-channels-could-go-dark <p>The Idaho Senate voted Thursday to streamline the way cable TV companies enter local markets, but the bill could jeopardize funding for the Treasure Valley&rsquo;s public access station.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:41:31 +0000 2868 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Cable TV Bill Streamlines Access, But Public Access Channels Could Go Dark Ethics Charges Against Idaho Lawmaker Dismissed http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ethics-charges-against-idaho-lawmaker-dismissed <p>An ethics panel unanimously dismissed charges against state Sen. Monty Pearce (R-New Plymouth).&nbsp; Idaho Democrats accused the lawmaker of <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/326897-pearce-ethics.html">violating conflict of interest rules on an oil and gas bill</a>.&nbsp; Wednesday&rsquo;s ethics panel discussion played out like a courtroom drama.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:30:14 +0000 2795 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Ethics Charges Against Idaho Lawmaker Dismissed Democrats Get Specific On Lawmaker’s Alleged Conflict Of Interest http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/democrats-get-specific-lawmaker%E2%80%99s-alleged-conflict-interest <p>The ethics investigation of Idaho Sen. Monty Pearce (R- New Plymouth) entered its third day Wednesday.&nbsp; He&#39;s accused of <a href="http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-senate-ethics-panel-look-allegations-against-one-their-own">not disclosing his oil and gas leases</a> before voting on nearly two dozen bills dealing with that industry.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/326897-pearce-ethics.html ">Democrats drilled down on one bill</a> Tuesday that Pearce voted on.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:51:09 +0000 2734 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Democrats Get Specific On Lawmaker’s Alleged Conflict Of Interest Idaho Lawmakers Okay State Control On Gas Developments http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-lawmakers-okay-state-control-gas-developments <div class="fontincrease"><p>BOISE, ID &ndash; Idaho lawmakers signed off Wednesday on a plan that limits local control of oil and natural gas development.&nbsp; But even supporters &nbsp;say this legislation isn&rsquo;t perfect.</p><p>Idaho Senators debated for nearly an hour on the powers of the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.&nbsp; Under this bill, the agency has final say on where to drill for wells and how to develop the industry.&nbsp; Democratic Senator Diane Bilyeu from Pocatello hoped to allow local governments to call public hearings on future developments.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 23:56:02 +0000 Scott Ki 2425 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Lawmakers Okay State Control On Gas Developments