Superintendent candidate won’t be charged, but wife faces misdemeanor

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Branden Durst, candidate for state superintendent of public instruction, will not be criminally charged for accusations made regarding child abuse allegations. The Ada County Prosecutor’s Office did, however, charge Durst’s wife with misdemeanor injury to child after law enforcement routed them the report for consideration, according to prosecutor’s spokesperson EmilyContinue reading “Superintendent candidate won’t be charged, but wife faces misdemeanor”

House votes to end COVID-19 emergency declaration, calls it “crying wolf”

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho House of Representatives on Monday voted to end the state’s emergency disaster declaration that Gov. Brad Little put in place. The resolution, sponsored by Reps. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and Chad Christensen, R-Iona, passed the House with a 42-26 vote. It now goes to the Senate.  Scott claimed thatContinue reading “House votes to end COVID-19 emergency declaration, calls it “crying wolf””

Another election restriction bill introduced in House committee

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  In a 10-3 split, House State Affairs introduced a bill Monday that would add some changes to a voter identification bill, HB 692, that the committee introduced last week. A so-called trailer bill makes changes or additions to legislation passed in the same legislative session. The original bill, pitched byContinue reading “Another election restriction bill introduced in House committee”

Committee approves bill to prohibit gender-confirmation medical treatment

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The House State Affairs Committee a bill that would prohibit gender-confirmation surgery from being performed on children, even if they had parental consent. Rep. Bruce Skaug, R-Nampa, introduced the bill that would add to the existing law for “female genital mutilation” under Idaho code 18-1506B.  The Legislature initially established thatContinue reading “Committee approves bill to prohibit gender-confirmation medical treatment”

Committee approves resolution to end emergency disaster declaration

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports House State Affairs moved forward Thursday a concurrent resolution that would end the governor’s state of emergency declaration, potentially jeopardizing federal funding. Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, introduced House Concurrent Resolution 40, saying she does not believe there is still an emergency.  Scott claimed the governor had overstepped his bounds byContinue reading “Committee approves resolution to end emergency disaster declaration”

House committee approves 2 election restriction bills

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The House State Affairs Committee approved two pieces of legislation Wednesday relating to election security. HB 693, pitched by Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, would prohibit the use of drop boxes for absentee ballots. The bill passed in a 10-3 vote, with Rep. Rod Furniss, R-Rigby, being the only RepublicanContinue reading “House committee approves 2 election restriction bills”

Committee moves forward memorial supporting Ukraine

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The House Ways and Means Committee has moved forward a memorial supporting Ukraine. The memorial, introduced Tuesday by Rep. Matt Bundy, R-Mountain Home, and Rep. Colin Nash, D-Boise, states Idaho’s support for the Ukrainian people and condemns Russia’s attack. Bundy said he wanted to show support for the Ukrainian people,Continue reading “Committee moves forward memorial supporting Ukraine”

Bill introduced to prohibit use of ballot drop boxes

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The House State Affairs Committee introduced a bill Friday that would prohibit the use of drop boxes for absentee ballot collection.  Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, sponsored the bill. Giddings said it’s not clear how many counties use the drop boxes to collect ballots.  Ada County, for example, does useContinue reading “Bill introduced to prohibit use of ballot drop boxes”

Bill to hide execution chemical supplier identity passes House

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After a short debate, the Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill in a 38-30 vote that would grant confidentiality to suppliers of chemicals used in executions.  Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, sponsored HB 658, in an effort to make lethal injection chemicals more accessible to the Idaho Department of Correction.Continue reading “Bill to hide execution chemical supplier identity passes House”

Idaho publicly challenges fuel export tax proposed in Washington 

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho House of Representatives passed a memorial Tuesday morning opposing a proposed tax on fuel exported from Washington state. Last week, the Washington Senate passed a bill that would add a tax of six cents per gallon of refined fuel exported out of state. The legislation passed the SenateContinue reading “Idaho publicly challenges fuel export tax proposed in Washington “