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?”

Ex-legislator guilty of rape involving legislative intern

  By Kelcie Moseley-Morris, Idaho Capital Sun Exactly one year to the day that former Lewiston Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger resigned from his seat after a House ethics panel recommended his suspension over his conduct as a legislator, a jury in Ada County found him guilty of rape and not guilty of forcible penetration withContinue reading “Ex-legislator guilty of rape involving legislative intern”

Judge denies trial delay for ex-legislator accused of rape

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Fourth Judicial District Judge Michael Reardon denied a request Monday to delay the trial for a former Idaho legislator accused of two felony sex crimes connected to accusations from a 19-year-old legislative intern. Reardon heard from the attorney for Aaron von Ehlinger, who is charged with rape and forcible penetrationContinue reading “Judge denies trial delay for ex-legislator accused of rape”

Ex-legislator von Ehlinger appears in court, trial set for April 26

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The former Idaho legislator accused of two felony sex crimes connected to accusations from a 19-year-old legislative intern appeared in court Monday in preparation for trial.  Fourth Judicial District Judge Michael Reardon heard from attorneys and set a trial for April 26 for Aaron von Ehlinger, who is charged withContinue reading “Ex-legislator von Ehlinger appears in court, trial set for April 26”

Senate fails to override Coronavirus Pause Act veto

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Idaho Senate has failed to override Gov. Brad Little’s veto of the Coronavirus Pause Act.  The Senate voted 21-14 to override the veto of the legislation, which would have have prevented both public and private entities from requiring vaccinations as a condition of employment or service.  The original legislationContinue reading “Senate fails to override Coronavirus Pause Act veto”

Governor vetoes a bill to change Idaho Judicial Council

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports On Wednesday, Gov. Brad Little vetoed a bill that would have overhauled the way the Idaho Judicial Council recommends attorneys for judgeship in the state. HB 782 narrowly made it through the Legislature this year after strong debate over whether it would grant the executive branch too much authority overContinue reading “Governor vetoes a bill to change Idaho Judicial Council”

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”

Little vetoes Coronavirus Pause Act

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little has vetoed the Coronavirus Pause Act. The Coronavirus Pause Act goes against his limited government philosophy, Little wrote in his veto letter, adding the proposal “significantly expands government overreach into the private sector.” The proposed law would have prevented both public and private entities from requiring vaccinationsContinue reading “Little vetoes Coronavirus Pause Act”

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?”