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 “

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”

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”

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”

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?”

Untested rape kit backlog in Idaho cleared after 5 years

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports It took five years, but the Idaho State Police Forensic Services lab has tested the last previously untested sexual assault kit in Idaho. The final test came after 2016 legislation, pitched by Sen. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, identified a backlog of not just untested sexual assault kits, but kits that hadn’tContinue reading “Untested rape kit backlog in Idaho cleared after 5 years”

Idaho hits 4,000 COVID deaths

by Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Wednesday, Idaho surpassed 4,000 recorded deaths due to COVID-19.  The state hit 3,000 deaths on Sept. 28, meaning the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recorded 1,000 additional COVID deaths in just 72 days.  In comparison, it took 263 days for Idaho to hit its first 1,000 deaths –Continue reading “Idaho hits 4,000 COVID deaths”

Ethics committee weighs changes to hearing policy, transparency

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Committee on Ethics and House Policy met this week to review the House rule which led to the public hearings of two legislators accused of conduct unbecoming of a legislator.  In 2021, the committee received complaints about former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger and Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-Whitebird. Both wereContinue reading “Ethics committee weighs changes to hearing policy, transparency”

EMS providers struggle in rural Idaho, OPE reports

Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  Depending on where Idahoans live, access to emergency medical services is not a guarantee, according to a new report from the Office of Performance Evaluations.  In a letter to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Nov. 16, OPE Director Rakesh Mohan explained “insufficient staffing means patients in these areas face longerContinue reading “EMS providers struggle in rural Idaho, OPE reports”