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Brown, Idaho Reports In a 32-0 vote Tuesday, the Idaho Senate passed a bill that would allow homeowners to change any outdated racially-discriminatory covenants in their deeds.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 Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, pitched SB1240 after learning of people living in her district whose homes still have outdated racial covenants.  The outdated covenants are aContinue reading “Bill to change discriminatory housing covenants passes Senate”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

State of Judiciary outlines challenges of pandemic, need for resources

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice G. Richard Bevan focused Wednesday on how the courts have evolved during the pandemic, continuing to serve those who fall into the judicial system.  Bevan spoke before the Idaho Senate and again before the Idaho House of Representatives on Wednesday, delivering the annual State ofContinue reading “State of Judiciary outlines challenges of pandemic, need for resources”

Idaho Supreme Court hears congressional redistricting arguments 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The Idaho Supreme Court heard the sole challenge to Idaho’s congressional redistricting map this week, bringing the state one step closer to finalized electoral maps that will be in place for the next decade.  On Monday, Jan. 24, the court heard arguments on whether the 2021 redistricting commission completed itsContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court hears congressional redistricting arguments “

Arguments over commutation legality go before Idaho judge

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho District Judge Jay Gaskill heard arguments from Gerald Pizzuto Jr.’s attorney on Thursday, asking the judge to stop the state from executing his client. Pizzuto, 65, has been on death row for more than 35 years and last month the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole recommended his sentenceContinue reading “Arguments over commutation legality go before Idaho judge”

Idaho Department of Correction hopes to build new women’s prison

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  For the first time in more than a decade, with the support of the governor, the Idaho Department of Correction is asking lawmakers for funding to build a new prison. On Tuesday, IDOC Director Josh Tewalt pitched his $333 million budget request to the Joint Finance Appropriation Committee, outlining someContinue reading “Idaho Department of Correction hopes to build new women’s prison”