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The Idaho Legislature has drafted its first bill for the 2018 session and it concerns a familiar issue from last year.

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Idaho Governor Butch Otter outlined his priorities during the 2018 Idaho Legislative Session during Monday’s State of the State address. He detailed both his budget proposal and the issues he wants to concentrate on during his last year in office.

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Next week marks the start of the 2018 Idaho Legislature. While Governor Butch Otter will kick it off Monday with his final State of the State Address, the legislature will be looking at issues like education and children’s health care, with election year politics mixed in.

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For the first time, political candidates across Idaho would have to disclose parts of their finances to run for office under a new proposal from state lawmakers.

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Female state legislators are calling for mandatory sexual harassment training inside the Idaho Statehouse.

Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy said Monday the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations surfacing in governments and businesses around the country inspired her to reach out to legislative leaders.

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A three-term Idaho congressman laid in state at the capitol in Boise the morning of November 20 before a final sendoff later in the day.


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An Idaho Supreme Court ruling has the state's top legislative leaders scrambling to prepare for how to close out the 2018 session months before it kicks off in January.

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Current limits on campaign contributions in Idaho are staying put. The legislature's Campaign Finance and Ethics Reform Work Group unanimously agreed to keep caps on political donations.

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The start of the 2018 legislative session is still months away, but state lawmakers are already prepping bills for next year. Monday morning at the capitol, legislators and officials gave a presentation about a measure that would strengthen the rights of crime victims in Idaho.

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Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis stepped down from the Idaho Legislature Thursday to take on a new role with the federal government.

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A new pilot project will let people from around the state testify at public legislative hearings without having to come all the way to Boise.

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The Idaho Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on a case that could decide the future of a 6 percent sales tax on groceries.

The Idaho Legislature passed a bill this year removing the tax. They adjourned and went home. Governor Butch Otter vetoed the bill, 11 days after adjournment. And that’s where the controversy started.

Some GOP lawmakers filed suit, arguing the Idaho Constitution says a governor has ten days to veto a bill after adjournment. But in 1978, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled the governor has ten days, starting when he gets the bill.

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Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has created a new health care panel for Idaho, and appointed the retiring head of the Health and Welfare Department to lead it.

It’s called the Governor’s Health Care Advisory Panel, or HCAP, and Otter created it last week by executive order. The group’s main job will be to review new federal or state health care initiatives and report to the governor and the Idaho Legislature.

The panel will provide research and guidance on health care policies. Members will also fine-tune the state's strategy for health care policy.

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Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter allowed a transportation funding bill to become law Tuesday, despite concerns over how the plan came to be.

The $320 million transportation plan takes about $15 million out of the general fund through sales tax – which is used to pay for things like public schools. Governor Otter is not happy with this funding formula, but with bridges and roads falling apart across the state he allowed the bill to become law – without his signature.

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A key legislative leader is promising to reintroduce a proposal amending Idaho's constitution to expand the rights of crime victims and their families.

Senate Majority Caucus Chair Todd Lakey said Thursday he will bring back his proposal during the 2018 legislative session after his first version was spiked by a House committee earlier this year.

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