House changes ethics complaint rule after last year’s hearings

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  After two contentious public ethics hearings in 2021, the House has passed changes to the rule governing ethics complaints made against members of the body. House Rule 45 is the rule that handles ethics complaints made against a member of the body. The committee held two public hearings last year,Continue reading “House changes ethics complaint rule after last year’s hearings”

Bill using $50 million for workforce housing fund passes Senate

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After barely making it out of the House, the Senate passed a workforce housing bill on Tuesday in a 26-9 vote. HB 701 passed the House of Representatives in a 37-31 vote earlier this month. The bill would use $50 million in American Rescue Plan Act federal relief money forContinue reading “Bill using $50 million for workforce housing fund passes Senate”

Little vetoes first bill of ’22 session

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little has vetoed a bill that would provide Master Educator Premiums for school district employees who transitioned from teaching to administrative roles. In his veto letter, Little said the premium program is set to sunset on July 1, 2024, and that he would rather the legislature focus onContinue reading “Little vetoes first bill of ’22 session”

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”

Execution chemical secrecy bill brought back for vote, moves to Senate 

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee brought back a bill on executions by lethal injection Monday, moving it forward in a 5-4 vote, after it stayed in committee last week due to a tie. Last week, HB 658 stayed in committee due to a 4-4 vote. Sen. Patti Anne Lodge,Continue reading “Execution chemical secrecy bill brought back for vote, moves to Senate “

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.”

Execution drug supplier secrecy bill held in committee

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee on Wednesday held a bill that would have allowed the state to keep confidential the names of suppliers who provide the state with lethal injection chemicals.  The bill held in a 4-4 vote due to a tie. Sens. Grant Burgoyne, Christy Zito, Melissa WintrowContinue reading “Execution drug supplier secrecy bill held in committee”

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””

Another election restriction bill introduced in House committee

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  In a 10-3 split, House State Affairs introduced a bill Monday that would add some changes to a voter identification bill, HB 692, that the committee introduced last week. A so-called trailer bill makes changes or additions to legislation passed in the same legislative session. The original bill, pitched byContinue reading “Another election restriction bill introduced in House committee”

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”