Idaho Democrats pushed for a jobs package and ethics reform at the start of this legislative term. At the end, none of these proposals made it very far. They announced Friday they’ll renew their efforts next year. Democrats also want a constitutional amendment to guard against mandated medical procedures.
Idaho lawmakers wrapped up business Thursday and called an end to the 2012 legislative session. In the Idaho House, legislators joked over the motion to adjourn. “You’ve heard the motion, all those in favor say aye…Aye!...All those opposed say nay…Nay…The ayes appear to have it. The ayes do have it. The House stands adjourned Sine Die.”
Idaho lawmakers wrapped up the 2012 session Thursday. The House of Representatives adjourned first. The Senate took much longer as lawmakers signed off on key pieces of legislation and said their goodbyes.
Women wanting an abortion won't need an ultrasound in Idaho. State lawmakers were considering a measure to make that the case. Right to Life advocates wanted this legislation to persuade more women to say no to an abortion. Over the last two months, the mandate sparked rallies and fierce debate. Sen. Chuck Winder (R-Boise) said “I just see that there's a higher, at least in my opinion, need to protect the unborn and to respect the life of the developing child.”
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.
The Obama Administration has been walking a tightrope on contraception these past few weeks. It started with a requirement that religious non-profits offer workers birth control free of charge. After a backlash, the Administration offered to exempt these groups and place the cost on their insurers.
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’s public access station.
For several years, supporters of Treasure Valley Community Television resisted efforts to change the way their public access channels are funded. The fight continued this legislative session. Backers say money for the public access station would be cut. Each local, cable subscriber is billed ten cents to fund the Treasure Valley station, but the Senate-passed bill doesn’t mention this fee.
BOISE, ID – Idaho lawmakers signed off Wednesday on a plan that limits local control of oil and natural gas development. But even supporters say this legislation isn’t perfect.
Idaho Senators debated for nearly an hour on the powers of the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Under this bill, the agency has final say on where to drill for wells and how to develop the industry. Democratic Senator Diane Bilyeu from Pocatello hoped to allow local governments to call public hearings on future developments.
BOISE, ID – Idaho’s House of Representatives will soon vote on an animal cruelty bill. House lawmakers in charge of agriculture backed legislation today that calls for penalties on people who torture pets. The first two violations would be misdemeanors. A third would be a felony. Republican Representative Gayle Batt from Wilder has trouble with the bill. She says, “Philosophically, I’m just really struggling with what to do with this legislation when we have abuse of children as misdemeanors and then we have for animals a felony.” Child abuse can be considered a misdemeanor in Idaho i