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Little gives brief glimpse at 2022 priorities at Wednesday speech

by Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During brief remarks at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference on Wednesday, Gov. Brad Little hinted at his priorities for the upcoming 2022 legislative session. “This upcoming session, I will reveal my plans on how to give back to the people of Idaho yet another record budget surplus —Continue reading “Little gives brief glimpse at 2022 priorities at Wednesday speech”

Pizzuto asks for mercy in death row hearing

by Ruth Brown and Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Gerald Pizzuto Jr., 65, has been on death row in Idaho for more than 35 years after he was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole met Tuesday to consider commuting his sentence from death to life in prison afterContinue reading “Pizzuto asks for mercy in death row hearing”

EMS providers struggle in rural Idaho, OPE reports

Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  Depending on where Idahoans live, access to emergency medical services is not a guarantee, according to a new report from the Office of Performance Evaluations.  In a letter to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Nov. 16, OPE Director Rakesh Mohan explained “insufficient staffing means patients in these areas face longerContinue reading “EMS providers struggle in rural Idaho, OPE reports”

Idaho Supreme Court says parents have standing to sue over fees for full-day kindergarten

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports On Monday, the Idaho Supreme Court issued an opinion on standing in the case of Gifford v. West Ada Joint School District #2, in which plaintiffs question the constitutionality of charging fees for full-day kindergarten. The opinion doesn’t rule on the constitutionality of the fees, remanding the case back toContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court says parents have standing to sue over fees for full-day kindergarten”

Idaho deactivates crisis standards of care in southern half of state

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho has deactivated Crisis Standards of Care for six of the state’s seven health districts. On Monday morning, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the deactivation. Only the Panhandle Health District remains under crisis standards due to a high number of cases and hospitalizations, particularly in Bonner County. DuringContinue reading “Idaho deactivates crisis standards of care in southern half of state”

36 COVID-19 bills introduced, only 1 memorial made it out of the capitol

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Legislature brought 104 lawmakers to the statehouse to address COVID-19 vaccines, who pitched 36 different bills. After three days and hours of testimony and debate, they passed a single joint memorial, then adjourned and went home. Bills that tanked ranged from employee protections to religious exemptions for vaccinesContinue reading “36 COVID-19 bills introduced, only 1 memorial made it out of the capitol”

Workers’ comp has paid more than $2 million connected to COVID

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Legislature considered amending the workers’ compensation law in Idaho to include vaccine injuries, but the state has already paid out more than $2 million for COVID-19 illnesses and vaccine injuries. Rep. Jason Monks, R-Meridian, pitched HB 417, which would require businesses that mandate their employees to be vaccinatedContinue reading “Workers’ comp has paid more than $2 million connected to COVID”

House passes 3 bills on exemptions to opt-out of pandemic rules

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho House of Representatives approved three bills Tuesday that would allow people to receive exemptions to avoid mandatory vaccination and to allow children to avoid face masks in schools.  House bill 414, sponsored by House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, would add religious exemptions to the Idaho Human RightsContinue reading “House passes 3 bills on exemptions to opt-out of pandemic rules”

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