Additional security footage shows group filming distraught Doe after testimony

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho Reports has received additional security camera footage showing a confrontation between Jane Doe and three women who filmed her after her April 28th testimony in front of the House Ethics Committee. After Doe’s testimony, during which the 19-year-old intern told the committee former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger raped her,Continue reading “Additional security footage shows group filming distraught Doe after testimony”

Partial security footage shows small group following Jane Doe after ethics hearing

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Most of the security camera footage depicts a normal morning at the Idaho Capitol: A reporter walks to a press room, security guards chat, a group of school-aged children looks at photos in the wall and wanders toward the rotunda. But at 11:18 am, something catches the eye of theContinue reading “Partial security footage shows small group following Jane Doe after ethics hearing”

A tense start to the House Ethics committee hearing

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  A full auditorium witnessed a tense ethics hearing on Wednesday, as attorneys and lawmakers questioned witnesses and Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger on accusations he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old staffer.  While lawmakers on the committee stressed the seriousness of the proceedings, some members of the audience laughed when committee chairman Rep.Continue reading “A tense start to the House Ethics committee hearing”

House ethics hearings: What to expect Wednesday

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger’s ethics hearing nears, questions remain over upcoming proceedings, and if the potential consequences would be tangible.  Von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston, has been accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old legislative staffer in March, as well as making other statehouse employees uncomfortable, according to reports by the IdahoContinue reading “House ethics hearings: What to expect Wednesday”

COVID breakthrough cases remain rare in Idaho, but disproportionately affect women

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During a weekly COVID-19 media briefing, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials offered more information on so-called breakthrough cases of COVID-19 — confirmed infections in people who had been fully vaccinated and were at least two weeks past their final dose of the vaccine. Dr. Kathryn Turner, deputy stateContinue reading “COVID breakthrough cases remain rare in Idaho, but disproportionately affect women”

Reactions pour in as Gov. Little signs voter initiative bill into law

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little has signed Senate Bill 1110 into law, prompting praise from House Republican leadership, outrage from House Democrats, and the promise of a lawsuit from Reclaim Idaho. Senate Bill 1110 requires those gathering signatures for ballot initiatives to get sign-on from at least 6 percent of registered votersContinue reading “Reactions pour in as Gov. Little signs voter initiative bill into law”

UI president asks alumni, business leaders to counter attacks on higher ed

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports University of Idaho president C. Scott Green is asking alumni and business leaders to support higher education after the Idaho House of Representatives defeated the higher education budget last Wednesday. The defeat came partially at the bill sponsor’s request; Rep. Paul Amador asked the House to vote no on hisContinue reading “UI president asks alumni, business leaders to counter attacks on higher ed”

Why overturning a veto is a tough hurdle — even for popular legislation

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Thursday, the Senate voted 21-14 to overturn Gov. Brad Little’s first veto of the 2021 session, falling short of the two-thirds majority required from both the House and Senate.  The House voted 62-7 on its override attempt earlier this week, easily surpassing the two-thirds threshold but losing some votesContinue reading “Why overturning a veto is a tough hurdle — even for popular legislation”

House State Affairs rejects international Powerball agreement

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The House State Affairs Committee rejected a bill that would allow the Idaho Lottery to continue participating in Powerball, potentially affecting millions in funds from Powerball ticket sales that go to schools and the permanent building fund.  The Multi-State Lottery Association has approved licensing Powerball in Australia and the UnitedContinue reading “House State Affairs rejects international Powerball agreement”

A history of Idaho’s deconsolidation debate

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports This week, a trio of bills relating to deconsolidation of the Idaho Attorney General’s office has taken center stage at the legislature. On Wednesday, the Senate Resource and Environment Committee rejected a bill that would force the Department of Lands to hire outside counsel. (A similar bill passed the HouseContinue reading “A history of Idaho’s deconsolidation debate”