2018 Legislature

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It took 80 days, but the 2018 Idaho Legislature wrapped up this week. On Wednesday, both the House and Senate officially closed up shop and lawmakers headed home to campaign for the May primary.

James Dawson

After 12 years as governor, Butch Otter still says the hardest decisions he’s ever had to make have been whether or not to follow through with the death penalty.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Three-term state Representative Hy Kloc was noticeably absent this year from the Idaho Legislature. It wasn’t until earlier this month that he revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer in late 2017 and wouldn't be seeking re-election.

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Gov. Butch Otter on Wednesday allowed some of this year's most contentious measures to become law without his signature, allowing lawmakers to officially close out their work for the session without debating whether to override a pending veto.

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Student scores on an Idaho reading test can still influence their teacher’s paycheck. After several hours of backroom meetings, the Idaho House quickly rejected the idea of overriding Gov. Butch Otter’s veto stamp Tuesday afternoon.

Idaho Education News

Citing a need to maintain high levels of accountability, Gov. Butch Otter vetoed an education bill Monday as the 2018 legislative session draws to a close.

And, once again, Idaho’s K-3, statewide reading test found itself at the center of a political debate.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The finish line is in sight for the Idaho Legislature. Lawmakers pushed through nearly 100 bills this week as they worked to wrap up and go home. They won’t officially end until next week, even though they’ve worked through the major issues of the 2018 session.

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Idaho House lawmakers have once again refused to consider a bill that would extend health insurance to low-income residents.

James Dawson

A proposal reversing a contentious 2016 law that made it easier for Idaho employers to sue former employees over non-compete agreements is headed to the governor's desk for consideration.

Courtesy: Hy Kloc

Since getting diagnosed with cancer, issues like being a Democrat struggling through Republican-dominated legislatives sessions just aren't as important anymore to Idaho state Rep. Hy Kloc. The third-term lawmaker says he's retiring from the Legislature as he battles cancer.

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House has spiked a budget proposal for Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra's office due to ongoing disagreements over the state's reading assessment for young students.

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Just a few days remain in this year’s legislative session.

If Idaho lawmakers wrap up things next week as they plan to do, it will have been a shorter, but busier session than usual.

John Miller / Associated Press

Idaho could soon adopt its own "stand your ground" law after House lawmakers sent the bill to Governor Butch Otter’s desk Tuesday.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s legislative leaders say more needs be done to help prevent school shootings, bucking comments made last month by Gov. Butch Otter.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

Monday, Idaho House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill that would give judges more leeway in handing down sentences in drug trafficking cases.

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