St. Luke’s files lawsuit against Ammon Bundy and campaign

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The state’s largest hospital system filed a lawsuit Wednesday against far-right activist and gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy, his campaign, the People’s Rights Network and his supporters.  The lawsuit, filed by St. Luke’s in Ada County, stems from an incident in March when the grandchild of Diego Rodriguez was taken toContinue reading “St. Luke’s files lawsuit against Ammon Bundy and campaign”

Idaho’s conversation on reproductive healthcare isn’t over yet

by Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports If the United States Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade this summer, as a leaked draft opinion indicates, a trigger law banning nearly all abortions in Idaho wouldn’t be the end of the conversation about abortion and reproductive health in Idaho. Rep. Brent Crane, current chairman of the House StateContinue reading “Idaho’s conversation on reproductive healthcare isn’t over yet”

What Does A “Post-Roe” Idaho Look Like?

On Monday night, Politico published a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v Wade, revealing that the court is poised to strike down the landmark decision that guaranteed abortion access. Should the court overturn Roe v Wade, Idaho has a trigger law in place that would criminalize nearly allContinue reading “What Does A “Post-Roe” Idaho Look Like?”

Southern Idahoans disproportionately affected if Roe overturned

By Melissa Davlin and Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports If the United States Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade, most abortion will become illegal in Idaho, due to a trigger law passed in 2021. But depending on where they live, that law won’t affect Idahoans equally.  Earlier this week, POLITICO reported on a leaked draft opinionContinue reading “Southern Idahoans disproportionately affected if Roe overturned”

Lawsuit filed over Idaho’s new “fetal heartbeat” abortion bill

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Planned Parenthood Great Northwest filed a lawsuit Thursday against the state over an abortion bill passed by the Idaho Legislature . The bill would allow family members of a fetus to sue an abortion provider, regardless of the pregant woman’s choice to terminate a pregnancy.  It would effectively ban abortionContinue reading “Lawsuit filed over Idaho’s new “fetal heartbeat” abortion bill”

What were those library tech grants for?

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports After contentious debates over whether libraries are allowing children to access obscene materials, it’s easy to gloss over the $3.5 million in technology grants that the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee removed from the Commission for Libraries budget in an attempt to get the bill through the House. But what would thoseContinue reading “What were those library tech grants for?”

Bill advances to guarantee visitors for patients, long-term care residents

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The House Health and Welfare Committee has passed a bill guaranteeing  a right to visitation from essential caregivers for hospital patients and residents in long-term care facilities. The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, was crafted in response to early COVID-19 restrictions that prohibited in-person visits atContinue reading “Bill advances to guarantee visitors for patients, long-term care residents”

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””

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”

House committee narrowly backs bill to guarantee in-person visits at long-term care facilities

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The House Health and Welfare Committee narrowly endorsed a bill to guarantee in-person visitation at assisted living and nursing facilities, voting 6-5 to send the proposal to the House floor.  Rep. Julianne Young, R-Blackfoot, sponsored the legislation, which would require facilities to allow in-person visits, while also allowing facilities toContinue reading “House committee narrowly backs bill to guarantee in-person visits at long-term care facilities”