Who’s in charge? In Idaho, it’s sometimes not clear.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During a Thursday press conference calling on the Idaho Legislature to reconvene and address employer vaccine policies, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin mentioned, to applause from supporters in the audience, she would be serving as acting governor “at some point today.” She was quick to add she wasn’t sure how longContinue reading “Who’s in charge? In Idaho, it’s sometimes not clear.”

Legislative Council hires Kondeff as new LSO director

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Legislative Council voted unanimously to hire Terri Kondeff as the new Legislative Services Office director. Kondeff, who served as the deputy director under retiring director Eric Milstead, interviewed for the position on Tuesday afternoon during the Legislative Council meeting. Prior to serving as deputy director, Kondeff was chief operationsContinue reading “Legislative Council hires Kondeff as new LSO director”

Legislature already bracing for redistricting legal challenges, hurried timeline

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The state now has a timeline for redistricting, and is already bracing for legal challenges and a cramped schedule.  Idaho and other US states go through a redistricting process after the US Census every ten years to make sure legislative and congressional districts have roughly proportional populations. Changing the mapsContinue reading “Legislature already bracing for redistricting legal challenges, hurried timeline”

Some conservatives decry mandatory vaccinations for employees; Others point to at-will employment

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Some conservatives are calling on the Idaho Legislature to reconvene in response to three of Idaho’s largest healthcare systems requiring their employees and contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Thursday’s announcements from St. Alphonsus Health System, St. Luke’s Health System, and Primary Health Group prompted ire from a handful ofContinue reading “Some conservatives decry mandatory vaccinations for employees; Others point to at-will employment”

Idaho one step closer to receiving millions in opioid settlement funds

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Thursday that Idaho expects to receive approximately $21.6 million as part of a proposed resolution of a multistate lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family over their role in the opioid epidemic. The proposal was submitted to federal bankruptcy court by a mediator onContinue reading “Idaho one step closer to receiving millions in opioid settlement funds”

Idaho’s rural counties see highest death rates, lowest vaccination rates

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s rural counties, some of which have been hit especially hard by the pandemic, are struggling to get vaccination rates up.  While half of Idaho adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the majority of Idaho’s counties have not hit that 50 percent threshold. Of Idaho’sContinue reading “Idaho’s rural counties see highest death rates, lowest vaccination rates”

Late task force agenda may not violate open government laws

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s Task Force on Education Indoctrination meets at 1 pm Thursday at the Idaho Capitol’s Lincoln Auditorium, but members of the public may not have known until today. The meeting notice and agenda weren’t posted on the lieutenant governor’s website until mid-afternoon Wednesday, less than 24 hoursContinue reading “Late task force agenda may not violate open government laws”

Idaho to begin testing all positive test samples for variants

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Currently, Idaho tests only a small number of positive COVID samples for variants. But as the so-called Delta variant spreads, and vaccination rates remain low in Idaho’s rural areas, that’s going to change. During a Tuesday media briefing hosted by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, state epidemiologist Dr.Continue reading “Idaho to begin testing all positive test samples for variants”

Half of Idaho adults have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports As of Friday, 49.9 percent of Idahoans ages 18 and older have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 45.8 percent are fully vaccinated, according to data published by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The vaccination rate varies by age group; Three fourths of Idahoans agesContinue reading “Half of Idaho adults have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine”

Where to find Idaho Reports content over the summer

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Idaho Reports’ broadcast schedule is temporarily on hiatus, but the IR team is still working hard over the summer to report on how decisions made in Boise affect you, no matter where in Idaho you live.  Starting June 16, Idaho Reports will release new podcast episodes every Wednesday afternoon,Continue reading “Where to find Idaho Reports content over the summer”