Bill introduced to prohibit use of ballot drop boxes

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The House State Affairs Committee introduced a bill Friday that would prohibit the use of drop boxes for absentee ballot collection.  Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, sponsored the bill. Giddings said it’s not clear how many counties use the drop boxes to collect ballots.  Ada County, for example, does useContinue reading “Bill introduced to prohibit use of ballot drop boxes”

Bill to hide execution chemical supplier identity passes House

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After a short debate, the Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill in a 38-30 vote that would grant confidentiality to suppliers of chemicals used in executions.  Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, sponsored HB 658, in an effort to make lethal injection chemicals more accessible to the Idaho Department of Correction.Continue reading “Bill to hide execution chemical supplier identity passes House”

Idaho publicly challenges fuel export tax proposed in Washington 

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho House of Representatives passed a memorial Tuesday morning opposing a proposed tax on fuel exported from Washington state. Last week, the Washington Senate passed a bill that would add a tax of six cents per gallon of refined fuel exported out of state. The legislation passed the SenateContinue reading “Idaho publicly challenges fuel export tax proposed in Washington “

Lethal injection confidentiality bill moves forward

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After an hour-long, somber discussion, the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee moved forward a bill to provide confidentiality to any provider or company that supplies the state with lethal injection execution chemicals. The bill HB 658, pitched by Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, is connected to providing confidentiality around theContinue reading “Lethal injection confidentiality bill moves forward”

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”

Attorney general’s opinion finds abortion bill likely unconstitutional

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Senate State Affairs moved forward an anti-abortion bill that would allow a woman’s family members to sue an abortion provider for damages without the woman’s permission. The bill, SB 1309, adds a civil penalty option to the “Fetal Heartbeat Preborn Child Protection Act”  that passed last legislative session. The billContinue reading “Attorney general’s opinion finds abortion bill likely unconstitutional”

House introduces bill to block details on execution drugs

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The House State Affairs Committee introduced a bill Monday to prohibit public disclosure of where the state obtains lethal injection chemicals. Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, introduced the bill, saying “Around the country there has been an ongoing effort to repeal the death penalty,” and such an effort would fall voidContinue reading “House introduces bill to block details on execution drugs”

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?”

Bill to change discriminatory housing covenants passes Senate

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a 32-0 vote Tuesday, the Idaho Senate passed a bill that would allow homeowners to change any outdated racially-discriminatory covenants in their deeds. Sen. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, pitched SB1240 after learning of people living in her district whose homes still have outdated racial covenants.  The outdated covenants are aContinue reading “Bill to change discriminatory housing covenants passes Senate”

House panel approves upping Idaho’s grocery tax credit 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  A bill to increase Idaho’s food tax credit passed out of a House committee Monday morning. The grocery credit is currently $100 for full-time Idaho residents and $120 for those age 65 and older. House Bill 509 would increase those rates to $120 and $140 respectively. “The credit hasn’t beenContinue reading “House panel approves upping Idaho’s grocery tax credit “