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”

Superintendent candidate won’t be charged, but wife faces misdemeanor

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Branden Durst, candidate for state superintendent of public instruction, will not be criminally charged for accusations made regarding child abuse allegations. The Ada County Prosecutor’s Office did, however, charge Durst’s wife with misdemeanor injury to child after law enforcement routed them the report for consideration, according to prosecutor’s spokesperson EmilyContinue reading “Superintendent candidate won’t be charged, but wife faces misdemeanor”

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”

Court issues protection order against Durst after child abuse accusations

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A candidate for Idaho state superintendent of schools is accused of encouraging an act of child abuse, according to a temporary protection order granted this week by a Washington state court. The court granted an order against Branden Durst and his current wife at the request of Durst’s ex-wife, afterContinue reading “Court issues protection order against Durst after child abuse accusations”

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 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”

Final redistricting challenge shot down by Idaho Supreme Court

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The Idaho Supreme Court ruled Friday on the last outstanding redistricting challenge, officially clearing the way for the state’s spring primary election. The sole challenge to the congressional map alleged that the commission missed its 90-day constitutional deadline to submit its final plans, and lacked the ability to divide existingContinue reading “Final redistricting challenge shot down by Idaho Supreme Court”

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”

Judge sides with Pizzuto over commutation denial 

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports On Friday afternoon, 2nd Judicial District Judge Jay Gaskill issued a written opinion out of Idaho County, saying the governor’s recent denial of commutation for a man on death row could be in violation of the constitution. Gerald Pizzuto Jr., 65, has been on death row for more than 35Continue reading “Judge sides with Pizzuto over commutation denial “

Legislative redistricting maps approved by Idaho Supreme Court

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  Challenges to Idaho’s redistricting plans have been denied by the Idaho Supreme Court, which means new legislative districts are officially finalized for the primary election this spring.  In a ruling issued Thursday, the court affirmed the redistricting commission’s decision to prioritize the smallest possible population deviations between legislative districts overContinue reading “Legislative redistricting maps approved by Idaho Supreme Court”