Senate GOP refutes ethics allegations

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Senate Republican leadership issued a statement Friday evening accusing GOP state superintendent candidate Branden Durst of “spurious attacks” and “aggressive actions” against members of the Senate following a committee meeting earlier this week. The statement is attributed to President Pro Tem Chuck Winder, Majority Leader Kelly Anthon, Assistant Majority LeaderContinue reading “Senate GOP refutes ethics allegations”

House passes tax cut and rebate bill

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  The Idaho House of Representatives approved this year’s headliner tax proposal on Thursday, voting 57-13 to pass the bill and send it to the Senate. House Bill 436 would lower individual and corporate income tax rates and issue one-time rebate checks for full-time residents, similar to last year’s income taxContinue reading “House passes tax cut and rebate bill”

Rejected bill leads to confrontation between senator and superintendent candidate 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  Disagreements over a rejected parental rights draft bill led to verbal altercations between a state senator and a candidate for state superintendent that twice involved the Idaho State Police.  On Tuesday, Sen. Christy Zito, R-Hammett, and Branden Durst, a former state senator and current candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction,Continue reading “Rejected bill leads to confrontation between senator and superintendent candidate “

Income tax bill moves to House floor

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The House Revenue and Taxation committee voted Tuesday morning to send this year’s big income tax cut and rebate bill to the House floor for consideration. House Bill 436 would consolidate state income tax brackets at lower rates and issue a rebate check of $75 per person or 12% ofContinue reading “Income tax bill moves to House floor”

Idaho Supreme Court hears oral arguments over redistricting challenges

The Idaho Supreme Court heard legal challenges to the state’s adopted legislative redistricting plan on Friday, Jan. 14. Arguments in a separate case challenging the congressional redistricting plan are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January 24. Here’s a writeup of the courtroom action by Clark Corbin of the Idaho Capital Sun: Idaho Supreme CourtContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court hears oral arguments over redistricting challenges”

House committee prepares to replace education standards

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  The House Education Committee introduced two new pieces of legislation Thursday to replace the state’s K-12 content standards for math, English language arts and science. The move comes after years of legislative battles over ties to controversial Common Core standards. Chairman Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls, first floated the billsContinue reading “House committee prepares to replace education standards”

Tax relief bill introduced in House committee

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The House Revenue and Taxation Committee introduced the first major bill of the 2022 session Wednesday morning. Tax committee chairman Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian, presented the proposal.  “This is the 2022 tax relief bill. You heard much of this outlined in the governor’s state of the state address on Monday,”Continue reading “Tax relief bill introduced in House committee”

Chronic wasting disease surveillance underway in central Idaho 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The arrival of a fatal neurological condition has Idaho Fish and Game officials concerned, but it’s not the only challenge facing Idaho’s deer and elk populations. The illness known as chronic wasting disease was detected this October in two mule deer in central Idaho. The samples were the first positiveContinue reading “Chronic wasting disease surveillance underway in central Idaho “

Senate moving methodically on COVID legislation 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  An influential Senate committee held an informational meeting Tuesday morning on four COVID-related bills, in which the lawmakers did not vote on any of the proposals after hearing from bill sponsors and members of the public. “The reason I feel it’s important that we do this is it’s a limitedContinue reading “Senate moving methodically on COVID legislation “

Budget committee shoots down federal overreach fund

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  The joint budget committee shot down a new legal fund for the legislature Monday afternoon, voting 12-6 against the proposal.  The bill from Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay, would have created a Federal Overreach Legal Defense Fund for the legislature’s legal expenses in defending the state from overreach by the federalContinue reading “Budget committee shoots down federal overreach fund”