Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane may soon be getting help making sure taxpayers' money is safe after auditors rebuked him for inappropriately transferring tens of millions of dollars to state accounts where it was lost.
The Senate State Affairs Committee Wednesday approved a measure to create a new, five-person advisory board to make sure Crane or future treasurers are appropriately managing accounts.
At least 105 gay rights demonstrators filled the Capitol's basement corridor seeking to convince lawmakers to update the Idaho Human Rights Act with discrimination protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination.
Tuesday action was organized again by former Idaho state Sen. Nicole LeFavour, a Boise Democrat who directed the demonstrators up and down the hall.
In addition to covering their mouths with one hand and maintaining virtual silence, many held photocopied pictures of gay or lesbian teens who committed suicide.
Boise State University President Bob Kustra says he’s against proposed legislation that would allow guns on Idaho college and university campuses, because it addresses a problem that doesn’t exist.
Kustra is one of the eight Idaho academic presidents who came out this month in opposition to a proposal that would allow guns to be legally carried on campuses. The State Board of Education also opposes the legislation.
Idaho’s Speaker of the House Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, expressed frustration Monday over the repeated gay rights protests at Idaho’s Capitol. About 100 people have been arrested so far this month in peaceful demonstrations. They're trying to convince lawmakers to protect gays, lesbians and transgendered people from discrimination.
Companies running Idaho's troubled broadband education network will be paid for work completed since last year, but lawmakers haven't decided how to handle funding for the coming year amid a contract dispute.
The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Monday to cover the federal government's share of funding, about $6.6 million.
The Federal Communication Commission hasn't paid Tennessee-based Education Networks of America and CenturyLink since last year.
On one corner of Curt McKenzie’s desk at the Idaho Capitol sit three candy jars. On the opposite corner - an Army green ammunition box.
McKenzie is the Republican state senator from Nampa who introduced a controversial bill that would allow some people to carry guns on Idaho’s college campuses. The bill has passed the Senate and is now in the House.
Idaho's lackluster quiver of tax incentives make it flyover country for many companies looking to relocate or expand.
That's the verdict of Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer, who pitched a plan Friday he says would change that.
Sayer's proposition: What if Idaho allows companies that hire new, well-paid employees to recoup up to 30 percent of their income, sales and payroll taxes after they've proven to have met their expansion promises?
That way, he says, the state would protect itself from companies that don't follow through.
Four couples suing over Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal judge to rule in their favor without a trial, contending the facts of the case and recent federal court rulings elsewhere make it clear that Idaho's marriage laws violate the Constitution.
The defendant in the case, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, also is asking the judge for an immediate ruling, contending that states and not the federal government have the right to define marriage and that same-sex marriages would harm Idaho's children.
Kendall Jeffs says she started using medical marijuana after losing her index finger and part of her middle finger in an onion harvesting accident. She says it's the only thing that helps with the phantom pain that still troubles her regularly.
The majority of Idahoans approve of medical marijuana, that's according to a four-year-old poll, which is the most recent available. Still, an initiative to legalize medical pot in Idaho is failing spectacularly.
More than 200 gay rights demonstrators descended on the Idaho Capitol, with placard-holding, flag-bearing activists filling multiple rotunda floors as they sought again to convince Republican lawmakers to hold a hearing on a bill to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination.
Monday's showing was the largest this year at the Idaho Legislature.
But the group mixed without incident with other visitors to the Capitol, including representatives of Idaho's livestock industry and children promoting school choice.