Idaho Legislature

Former Idaho Senator McGee To Serve Jail Time

Aug 21, 2012

Former Idaho state senator John McGee will spend the next 44 days in jail. McGee was sentenced Tuesday for misdemeanor disturbing the peace. That charge stems from sexual harassment allegations made by a senate staffer in February.

Some Idaho lawmakers met Monday to talk about the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on the Affordable Care Act.  Idaho was one of the state’s that brought a lawsuit to strike down the health care law.  The court upheld the law and now state legislators on the Health Care Task Force are discussing what's next.

Butch Otter
State of Idaho

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Affordable Health Care Act, has Idaho's governor wanting more study on creating a state health exchange and expanding Medicaid. So Butch Otter has put together two groups to look at these issues including the costs.

The Governor  wants recommendations from his working groups on what to do about a health insurance exchange and Medicaid by this fall.

Idaho Democrat Questions Governor’s Mansion Funding Process

Jul 2, 2012
Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

A public meeting has been scheduled for the Governor’s Housing Committee after a Democratic lawmaker on the panel said the chairman violated Idaho’s open meetings law by conducting a vote via email.

In the email vote, the committee approved the annual $177,400 budget for maintenance of the governor’s mansion.  In a 3–2 vote, Both Democrats on the panel voted no.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its most anticipated decision since Bush v. Gore yesterday, when it upheld the central provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

It may seem pretty innocent to send a quick text while you’re on the road but for 18 - year old Cassandra Kerfoot, that decision cost her her life three years ago. Her mother Liz Catherman hopes a new ban on texting while driving that takes effect this Sunday in Idaho will help prevent this from happening to others.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Justice John Roberts served as the court's swing vote in the 5-4 decision.  The high court issued its ruling in Washington this morning.  You can read the ruling here.

You can also hear NPR's continuing coverage of the decision throughout the afternoon on KBSX 91.5, and read more from NPR here.  

Boise State Public Radio’s news team is gathering reaction from Idaho residents and lawmakers.  You can read that throughout the here, and listen for coverage on All Things Considered (3:30 PM to 6:30 PM).

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

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.  That payment became a source of controversy last fall, after the AP reported that one state senator claimed it while staying with his parents, and another claimed it while staying on his law firm’s couch.

Gavels Down: Idaho Lawmakers Go Home

Mar 30, 2012
Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

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 Sprint To The Finish Line

Mar 29, 2012
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Idaho lawmakers are finishing up business today, trying end the 2012 Idaho Legislative Session. 

The House adjourned mid afternoon with some levity in the air.  “You’ve heard the motion. All those in favor say aye…" A resounding "Aye!" filled the chamber. Then House Speaker Lawrence Denny asked, "All those opposed say nay." The "nays" were nearly equal to the aye votes but all of it was done in fun. And after some laughter Denny brought the gavel down on the session.  

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho Legislature fast tracked a bill today that concerns how the Capitol Mall gets used.  This comes at the same time that Occupy Boise continues to keep a tent city up at the mall. That's been going on since November.  The bill creates rules for the area around the statehouse, for current and future protests. 

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

UPDATE:  The bill to require women to have an abdominal ultrasound or a trans-vaginal ultrasound has already passed the Senate.  Lawmakers on the House State Affairs Committee were supposed to hear the bill Thursday morning, but in a surprise move late this afternoon, that meeting was canceled.  That leaves the bill's future in limbo.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Protesters at odds over a plan to require women to get an ultrasound ahead of an abortion staged separate demonstrations Wednesday at the statehouse.

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