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Idaho Supreme Court hears arguments on anti-abortion lawsuits

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on abortion legislation that plaintiffs argue creates confusion for providers and endangers women.  Arguments revolved around the constitutionality of the legislation, rights to privacy and vagueness in the new laws.   The court will consider whether it should consolidate the abortion cases, as wellContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court hears arguments on anti-abortion lawsuits”

DOJ sues Idaho over its trigger abortion restriction bill

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a press conference Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of Idaho regarding anti-abortion legislation. “The suit seeks to hold invalid the state’s criminal prohibition on providing abortions as applied to women who are suffering medical emergencies underContinue reading “DOJ sues Idaho over its trigger abortion restriction bill”

Planned Parenthood asks Supreme Court to expedite hearing as abortion ban date nears

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As the implementation date nears for Idaho’s six-week abortion ban, Planned Parenthood has asked the Idaho Supreme Court to set an expedited briefing and oral argument schedule. Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky filed the motion on Monday, referring to the so-called “Fetal Heartbeat Preborn Child Protection Act”Continue reading “Planned Parenthood asks Supreme Court to expedite hearing as abortion ban date nears”

Questions arise over Quality Education Act’s impacts on 2022 tax legislation

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Advocacy group Reclaim Idaho reached a huge goal last week when its voter initiative on education funding received certification from the Secretary of State, but the proposition could see challenges after legislators made changes to income tax brackets. The Quality Education Act, which will be Proposition 1 on the NovemberContinue reading “Questions arise over Quality Education Act’s impacts on 2022 tax legislation”

Ex-legislator’s sentencing temporarily delayed in rape case

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The ex-legislator convicted of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern in 2021 will not be sentenced on Thursday as originally planned. An Ada County jury convicted Aaron von Ehlinger, 40, of rape in April in connection to the woman’s allegations. He’s been in jail custody since the conviction. Von Ehlinger’s attorney,Continue reading “Ex-legislator’s sentencing temporarily delayed in rape case”

K-12 education initiative confirmed for November ballot

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports An Idaho voter initiative will make the November ballot, after advocacy group Reclaim Idaho collected thousands of signatures and the Secretary of State’s Office approved it. The Idaho Secretary of State’s office made the announcement Friday evening, after county clerks verified the more than 100,000 collected signatures and Reclaim IdahoContinue reading “K-12 education initiative confirmed for November ballot”

9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirms district court decision in death row case

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a decision Wednesday from Idaho’s district court regarding Thomas Creech, a man on Idaho’s death row.  Creech, 71, is the longest-serving man on Idaho’s death row and first came to death row in 1983. Creech’s death sentence stems from theContinue reading “9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirms district court decision in death row case”

Day 3: GOP platform focuses on abortion restriction, primary elections

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Republican Party has approved changes to its platform that criminalize all abortions without exemptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother, as well as green-lighting restrictions to voting in future GOP primary elections.  On the third day of the Idaho GOP Convention, delegates debated multiple proposedContinue reading “Day 3: GOP platform focuses on abortion restriction, primary elections”

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