Politics & Goverment

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

A sweeping $200 million tax cut plan is headed to the Idaho Senate after House lawmakers spent several hours Wednesday exchanging accusations and heated remarks while debating the merits of the proposal.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

An Idaho House committee eliminated several references to human-caused climate change and renewable energy in proposed public school science standards Wednesday, but still preserved some mention of them.

Glenn Mosley, Idaho Public Radio

North Idaho state Rep. Paulette Jordan (D-Plummer) is giving up her seat in the state House of Representatives to focus on her gubernatorial campaign.

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A bill that would restore dental coverage to some Idaho Medicaid patients passed the House Health and Welfare Committee Tuesday.

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Two House members in the Idaho Legislature have put together a video, explaining how to give testimony to a legislative committee.

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Calling it the largest tax reduction in Idaho history, a bill to cut taxes by $200 million dollars passed a House committee Monday. This is the first step for the bill as it works its way through the Idaho Legislature.

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First time offenders caught with small amounts of marijuana in Idaho could get a break under a new bill.

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Students, teachers and lobbyists testified overwhelmingly in support Friday of proposed changes to Idaho’s educational science standards.

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Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist's campaign for governor said Friday the Republican candidate will submit an amended campaign financial disclosure report after it showed he paid a family member with campaign funds.

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Republican Representative Mike Simpson is throwing his hat in the ring for a leadership position on a powerful congressional committee. The 10-term legislator is looking to be the group’s leader.

Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press

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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Financial disclosure laws, uncontested legislative races and 100 or so budget bills. These are just some of the ways that the Idaho Capitol is weird, compared to other state legislatures.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Serious money is funneling into the race to replace Butch Otter as Idaho’s next governor.

 

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

New K-12 science standards received push back from Idaho lawmakers for the third year in a row on Thursday, despite continued efforts to downplay the negative impacts of human activity on climate change to appease Republican members.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

Idaho lawmakers on Tuesday ushered in Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's $200 million sweeping tax cut plan, marking the first such proposal introduced during the 2018 legislative session.

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