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A bill that would legalize CBD oil got unanimous support from a committee in the Idaho House this week. Derived from cannabis and used for therapeutic purposes, the oil has been contentious given Idaho’s zero-tolerance policy on marijuana.

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Following the school shooting in Florida that claimed seventeen lives, threats of violence on high school campuses in Idaho have spiked. A new proposal introduced in the legislature would make threatening a school a felony.

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's budget chief has apologized to state budget writers after accusing them of creating a slush fund to be used exclusively by the Idaho Legislature.

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Week four of the 2018 Idaho Legislature has come to a close. This first month is typically a time when more and more bills are introduced by lawmakers and when public testimony starts to heat up in committees.

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It’s the end of the third week of the Idaho Legislature. As legislators wrap up some housekeeping tasks that are necessary at the start of the session, bills are beginning to be introduced. And the next few weeks will see the bulk of the legislation for this session coming forward.


This week, a proposed bill that would have required lawmakers to disclose their finances to the public, was overwhelmingly voted down in the Idaho Legislature.

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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.