Crisis line 9-8-8 goes live statewide on July 16

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Información en español: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/988-factsheet-spanish.pdf Idahoans looking for help for themselves or others experiencing a mental health crisis will soon have another emergency response option. The 988 crisis line goes live statewide and across the nation on July 16, said Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen at aContinue reading “Crisis line 9-8-8 goes live statewide on July 16”

Idaho’s abortion law puts medical expertise, prosecutorial discretion on collision course

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s trigger law, set to take effect 30 days after the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health is finalized, will criminalize abortions except in cases of reported rape, incest, or the life of the mother. That last exemption in particular could present difficulties for both doctors andContinue reading “Idaho’s abortion law puts medical expertise, prosecutorial discretion on collision course”

Idaho leaders react to Dobbs decision

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho elected officials and stakeholders are reacting to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade with Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, released Friday. Idaho Reports will update this post throughout the day as more statements come in. Note: With the exception of Gov. Brad Little’s comments, all statements andContinue reading “Idaho leaders react to Dobbs decision”

IDOC Board of Correction approves CAPP facility lease buy-out

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Correction is one step closer to owning the Correctional Alternative Placement Program building.   On Thursday morning, the IDOC Board of Correction voted 2-0 to approve the purchase of the CAPP facility building from MTC Corrections Holding, LLC.  The Kuna-based facility opened in 2010, and housesContinue reading “IDOC Board of Correction approves CAPP facility lease buy-out”

Counties with the most federal lands don’t necessarily get highest per-acre PILT payments

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Department of the Interior announced Thursday that Idaho will receive $35.8 million for untaxable land owned by the federal government. Because of the way those payments are calculated, Idaho’s most populous counties will see the highest rates of payment per acre, even though they account for a fraction ofContinue reading “Counties with the most federal lands don’t necessarily get highest per-acre PILT payments”

Gas prices, property taxes, and inflation. Is a special session on the table?

by Logan Finney and Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports  Democratic lawmakers are calling on Gov. Brad Little to convene a special legislative session to implement a 6-month gas tax holiday.  “Taking this action in the coming weeks would give everyday Idahoans relief at the gas pump totaling 32 cents per gallon,” the letter reads. “When IdahoansContinue reading “Gas prices, property taxes, and inflation. Is a special session on the table?”

Idaho hospitals stable amid COVID-19 uptick

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports COVID-19 test positivity rates, or percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive, continue to climb in Idaho after a quiet spring, with more documented spread in eastern Idaho and the panhandle than in other areas of the state. But unlike previous surges, hospitals are nowhere near hitting a crisisContinue reading “Idaho hospitals stable amid COVID-19 uptick”

Primary analysis: A bad night for incumbents

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Tuesday was a bad night for incumbents. In the Idaho Legislature, 18 incumbents lost their Republican primary races, as did two House members who were attempting to move to the Senate. That list includes four lawmakers who lost to fellow incumbents who ended up in the same district. Of theContinue reading “Primary analysis: A bad night for incumbents”

Idaho’s conversation on reproductive healthcare isn’t over yet

by Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports If the United States Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade this summer, as a leaked draft opinion indicates, a trigger law banning nearly all abortions in Idaho wouldn’t be the end of the conversation about abortion and reproductive health in Idaho. Rep. Brent Crane, current chairman of the House StateContinue reading “Idaho’s conversation on reproductive healthcare isn’t over yet”