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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”

Wrongful conviction bill passes Idaho House, heads to the governor

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A bill that would compensate people who are wrongfully convicted of a crime is headed to the governor for signature, after unanimously passing both the Senate and the House. Gov. Brad Little vetoed a similar bill last year, but sponsors expect him to sign this version after addressing his priorContinue reading “Wrongful conviction bill passes Idaho House, heads to the governor”

Gov. Little, lawmakers react to Simpson’s dam breaching proposal

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Since Congressman Mike Simpson unveiled his dam breaching proposal in early February, a handful of Idaho lawmakers have sent their reactions in newsletters to constituents. All of the reactions Idaho Reports has seen so far have been negative. On Thursday, Gov. Brad Little weighed in as well, saying that whileContinue reading “Gov. Little, lawmakers react to Simpson’s dam breaching proposal”

In county budgeting, population growth outpaces tax increases, says OPE

by Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Office of Performance Evaluations released a report on county revenue to the Idaho Legislature, outlining sources of revenue in the state’s 44 counties and highlighting how Idaho’s population growth has outpaced revenues. The evaluation was presented to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Thursday. “Idaho’s rapid population growth hasContinue reading “In county budgeting, population growth outpaces tax increases, says OPE”

A changed judiciary gives a new dynamic to anti-abortion efforts

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports On Wednesday, the Senate State Affairs committee introduced a bill that would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, with exceptions for medical emergencies, rape, and incest. Under this law, doctors would not be subject to prosecution, rather they could be disciplined by the Idaho State Board of Medicine.Continue reading “A changed judiciary gives a new dynamic to anti-abortion efforts”

Who is getting vaccinated? Census data offers some clues.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho counties with the highest rates of COVID-19 vaccination so far are some of Idaho’s wealthiest, while the counties with the lowest rates have significant Hispanic populations, according to data released Tuesday by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. But it’s hard to tell exactly who in those countiesContinue reading “Who is getting vaccinated? Census data offers some clues.”

Just Say Never: Proposed constitutional amendment on drug policy would set Idaho apart even more

by Devon Downey and Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Idaho would not allow recreational marijuana to ever be legalized if a new constitutional amendment is passed by the Legislature and voters. On Feb. 3rd, the Idaho Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 101 on a 24-11 vote, just passing the two-thirds requirement needed for a constitutional amendment.Continue reading “Just Say Never: Proposed constitutional amendment on drug policy would set Idaho apart even more”

Why doesn’t Idaho collect demographic on vaccine recipients? It’s “challenging,” but not illegal.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports After telling Idaho Reports and the Idaho Statesman that the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is legally barred from collecting race and ethnicity data from vaccine recipients, IDHW director Dave Jeppesen told the legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Monday that isn’t the case. Last week, Idaho Reports and theContinue reading “Why doesn’t Idaho collect demographic on vaccine recipients? It’s “challenging,” but not illegal.”

Vaccine rollout continues with low supply and high demand

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Idahoans ages 65 and older will become eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations on the first day of February. With increased demand, the state is making efforts to distribute vaccines as quickly and fairly as possible despite the limited quantity of doses coming into Idaho. Officials had previously considered using anContinue reading “Vaccine rollout continues with low supply and high demand”

Does Idaho have a racial disparity problem with vaccinations? We don’t know.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports This week, CNN analyzed vaccination data from 14 states, finding white people in the United States are getting inoculated against COVID-19 at twice the rate of black and Hispanic people. But in Idaho, the state doesn’t know if there are racial disparities in vaccine distribution. It doesn’t collect that data.Continue reading “Does Idaho have a racial disparity problem with vaccinations? We don’t know.”

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