Friday was the candidate filing deadline. Here are our takeaways.

by Idaho Reports staff The Secretary of State website has posted an unofficial list of 2022 statewide and legislative candidates after the 5 p.m. Friday filing deadline. While it looks to be incomplete (as of 7:50 pm, it was still missing Democratic governor candidate Shelby Rognstad, who filed Friday), here are our takeaways. This postContinue reading “Friday was the candidate filing deadline. Here are our takeaways.”

What’s this “Wayfair Fund” I keep hearing about?

By Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Idaho collects a six-percent sales tax on most retail purchases. That revenue is directed through a complex distribution formula that divvies up the money between various state accounts, distributes a portion to local governments, and deposits the remainder in the state’s general fund. Sales taxes from certain online purchases, however, do not pass throughContinue reading “What’s this “Wayfair Fund” I keep hearing about?”

Senate committee approves bill on changing race-based covenants

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would allow homeowners to change discriminatory outdated language in their deeds. The Committee voted unanimously to move it forward.  Senate Bill 1240, pitched by Sen. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, would allow homeowners to update racist covenants on homes. Continue reading “Senate committee approves bill on changing race-based covenants”

Who’s in charge? In Idaho, it’s sometimes not clear.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During a Thursday press conference calling on the Idaho Legislature to reconvene and address employer vaccine policies, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin mentioned, to applause from supporters in the audience, she would be serving as acting governor “at some point today.” She was quick to add she wasn’t sure how longContinue reading “Who’s in charge? In Idaho, it’s sometimes not clear.”

The “surprise factor” sets McGeachin apart from 1987’s Lt. Gov. Otter

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, in her capacity as acting governor, issued an executive order banning mask mandates from all state entities, including school districts and cities. In addition to causing confusion for school districts, who were not notified of the coming change, the order also surprised Gov. BradContinue reading “The “surprise factor” sets McGeachin apart from 1987’s Lt. Gov. Otter”

Why overturning a veto is a tough hurdle — even for popular legislation

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Thursday, the Senate voted 21-14 to overturn Gov. Brad Littleā€™s first veto of the 2021 session, falling short of the two-thirds majority required from both the House and Senate.  The House voted 62-7 on its override attempt earlier this week, easily surpassing the two-thirds threshold but losing some votesContinue reading “Why overturning a veto is a tough hurdle — even for popular legislation”

Voter initiative bill latest example of tension between legislature, activists

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Testimony during the House State Affairs committee on Monday sounded familiar to people who have been around the Idaho Legislature for years. The bill, SB1110, would require citizens seeking to get an initiative on the ballot to collect signatures from all of Idaho’s 35 legislative districts. Current Idaho law onlyContinue reading “Voter initiative bill latest example of tension between legislature, activists”

A history of Idaho’s deconsolidation debate

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports | Feb. 24, 2021 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 similarContinue reading “A history of Idaho’s deconsolidation debate”

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”

Former House Speakers: Legislature endangering Idahoans

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Wednesday, former Speakers of the House Bruce Newcomb and Congressman Mike Simpson released a joint statement condemning the Idaho Legislature’s recent attempts to curb the Idaho governor’s ability to declare emergencies and issue public health orders. The opinion piece was the latest in the public fight over COVID-19 mitigationContinue reading “Former House Speakers: Legislature endangering Idahoans”