Lawmakers ready to tackle property taxes 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  The House Revenue & Taxation Committee introduced three long-awaited bills on Thursday as lawmakers hope this is the session they will finally address residential property taxes. The competing legislation offers insight into differing opinions on how to fix the issue and who the…

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Bill introduced to limit who could vote by absentee ballot 

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  House State Affairs introduced a bill Thursday that would limit the number of people eligible for an absentee ballot.   Rep. Joe Alfieri, R-Coeur d’Alene, pitched the bill, saying the recent popularity of absentee ballots is detrimental to the voting process and opens the…

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OSHA: Amazon exposed Nampa workers to unsafe warehouse conditions 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  The U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday it issued citations to e-commerce giant Amazon for exposing workers to unsafe conditions, including at its fulfillment center in Nampa.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened investigations into six warehouses last year after allegations that…

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Concurrent resolution for EMS solution introduced

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Sen. Mark Harris, R-Soda Springs, introduced a concurrent resolution Tuesday regarding emergency medical services in Idaho to commit to continuing to make a plan regarding a growing statewide concern. In the state of Idaho, EMS is not classified as an essential service and…

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IDHW begins redetermination for 150,000 Medicaid participants

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has started to reach out to approximately 150,000 Medicaid participants to see if they are still eligible for the program. During the COVID-19 federal health emergency, states weren’t allowed to remove anyone from Medicaid, and allowed…

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Resolution on ballot initiative changes sent for amendments 

  By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  After three hours of testimony, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted to amend a resolution that would ask voters to change the Idaho Constitution to make It more challenging to get an initiative on the ballot.  Sen. Kelly Anthon, R-Burley, made the…

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Bills printed on vaccine passports, Greater Idaho, OPE control 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  The House State Affairs Committee introduced three pieces of legislation Wednesday morning related to COVID-19 vaccine requirements, moving the state border west, and the Office of Performance Evaluations.   All legislation introduced by the committee must receive a public hearing before moving forward.  Banning…

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