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’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?”

Income tax cut clears the legislature amid debates over grocery tax

by Logan Finney and Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports  The Idaho Senate approved this year’s headline tax proposal on Tuesday, clearing the final legislative hurdle before the bill reaches the governor’s desk.  The Senate voted 27-7 along party lines to approve House Bill 436. The bill would reduce the brackets and rates for individual and corporateContinue reading “Income tax cut clears the legislature amid debates over grocery tax”

Legal fees over ballot initiative bill will cost taxpayers over $150,000

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After a citizen’s advocacy group prevailed at the Idaho Supreme Court this year, Idaho taxpayers will pick up the tab for legal fees. The Constitutional Defense Council met Monday to discuss approving funding for the legal expenses accrued after they lost a lawsuit revolving around a ballot initiative bill thatContinue reading “Legal fees over ballot initiative bill will cost taxpayers over $150,000”

Reactions pour in as Gov. Little signs voter initiative bill into law

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little has signed Senate Bill 1110 into law, prompting praise from House Republican leadership, outrage from House Democrats, and the promise of a lawsuit from Reclaim Idaho. Senate Bill 1110 requires those gathering signatures for ballot initiatives to get sign-on from at least 6 percent of registered votersContinue reading “Reactions pour in as Gov. Little signs voter initiative bill into law”

Wrongful conviction bill passes Idaho House, heads to the governor

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A bill that would compensate people who are wrongfully convicted of a crime is headed to the governor for signature, after unanimously passing both the Senate and the House. Gov. Brad Little vetoed a similar bill last year, but sponsors expect him to sign this version after addressing his priorContinue reading “Wrongful conviction bill passes Idaho House, heads to the governor”