Supreme Court affirms Clarke decision regarding warrantless misdemeanor arrests

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Edited on March 24 to add information about a rule change from the Supreme Court. The Idaho Supreme Court ruled that officers cannot make warrantless arrests for misdemeanor driving under the influence if they did not witness the suspect operating a vehicle.  The ruling cited precedent from the 2019 ClarkeContinue reading “Supreme Court affirms Clarke decision regarding warrantless misdemeanor arrests”

Voter initiative bill latest example of tension between legislature, activists

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Testimony during the House State Affairs committee on Monday sounded familiar to people who have been around the Idaho Legislature for years. The bill, SB1110, would require citizens seeking to get an initiative on the ballot to collect signatures from all of Idaho’s 35 legislative districts. Current Idaho law onlyContinue reading “Voter initiative bill latest example of tension between legislature, activists”

House State Affairs rejects international Powerball agreement

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The House State Affairs Committee rejected a bill that would allow the Idaho Lottery to continue participating in Powerball, potentially affecting millions in funds from Powerball ticket sales that go to schools and the permanent building fund.  The Multi-State Lottery Association has approved licensing Powerball in Australia and the UnitedContinue reading “House State Affairs rejects international Powerball agreement”

A history of Idaho’s deconsolidation debate

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports This week, a trio of bills relating to deconsolidation of the Idaho Attorney General’s office has taken center stage at the legislature. On Wednesday, the Senate Resource and Environment Committee rejected a bill that would force the Department of Lands to hire outside counsel. (A similar bill passed the HouseContinue reading “A history of Idaho’s deconsolidation debate”

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”

Gov. Little, lawmakers react to Simpson’s dam breaching proposal

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Since Congressman Mike Simpson unveiled his dam breaching proposal in early February, a handful of Idaho lawmakers have sent their reactions in newsletters to constituents. All of the reactions Idaho Reports has seen so far have been negative. On Thursday, Gov. Brad Little weighed in as well, saying that whileContinue reading “Gov. Little, lawmakers react to Simpson’s dam breaching proposal”

In county budgeting, population growth outpaces tax increases, says OPE

by Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Office of Performance Evaluations released a report on county revenue to the Idaho Legislature, outlining sources of revenue in the state’s 44 counties and highlighting how Idaho’s population growth has outpaced revenues. The evaluation was presented to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Thursday. “Idaho’s rapid population growth hasContinue reading “In county budgeting, population growth outpaces tax increases, says OPE”

A changed judiciary gives a new dynamic to anti-abortion efforts

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports On Wednesday, the Senate State Affairs committee introduced a bill that would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, with exceptions for medical emergencies, rape, and incest. Under this law, doctors would not be subject to prosecution, rather they could be disciplined by the Idaho State Board of Medicine.Continue reading “A changed judiciary gives a new dynamic to anti-abortion efforts”

Who is getting vaccinated? Census data offers some clues.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho counties with the highest rates of COVID-19 vaccination so far are some of Idaho’s wealthiest, while the counties with the lowest rates have significant Hispanic populations, according to data released Tuesday by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. But it’s hard to tell exactly who in those countiesContinue reading “Who is getting vaccinated? Census data offers some clues.”

Just Say Never: Proposed constitutional amendment on drug policy would set Idaho apart even more

by Devon Downey and Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Idaho would not allow recreational marijuana to ever be legalized if a new constitutional amendment is passed by the Legislature and voters. On Feb. 3rd, the Idaho Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 101 on a 24-11 vote, just passing the two-thirds requirement needed for a constitutional amendment.Continue reading “Just Say Never: Proposed constitutional amendment on drug policy would set Idaho apart even more”