Boise Police investigate accusation of sexual assault by Rep. von Ehlinger

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Boise Police confirmed Monday that they are investigating accusations of sexual assault made against Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston. As first reported by the Lewiston Tribune and later Boise State Public Radio, a GOP volunteer staff member claims von Ehlinger sexually assaulted her in March. Von Ehlinger denies all claimsContinue reading “Boise Police investigate accusation of sexual assault by Rep. von Ehlinger”

Public health board member supports long-time immunization tracking system

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As lawmakers discuss how wary they are of immunizations and programs used to track vaccines, some public health board members are standing up for data collection. Central District Health’s Board of Health met Friday morning and board member Dr. Ted Epperly addressed the issue. Epperly proposed writing a letter toContinue reading “Public health board member supports long-time immunization tracking system”

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”

Former Senator Dean Mortimer hospitalized with COVID-19

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports On the Senate floor Monday, Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, read portions of a letter from former education chairman Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, who described his recent hospitalization due to COVID-19.  “We as a state have focused rightfully on prevention measures,” Mortimer wrote, “all of which I have been diligentContinue reading “Former Senator Dean Mortimer hospitalized with COVID-19”

UI president asks alumni, business leaders to counter attacks on higher ed

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports University of Idaho president C. Scott Green is asking alumni and business leaders to support higher education after the Idaho House of Representatives defeated the higher education budget last Wednesday. The defeat came partially at the bill sponsor’s request; Rep. Paul Amador asked the House to vote no on hisContinue reading “UI president asks alumni, business leaders to counter attacks on higher ed”

Idaho Supreme Court sets the stage for public defense fight

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports The battleground has been set for a future trial to determine the constitutionality of Idaho’s public defense system. On Thursday, the Idaho Supreme Court released its unanimous opinion on Tucker v. Idaho, which set guidelines for a trial on the merits. The Tucker opinion is the latest in a longContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court sets the stage for public defense fight”

Why overturning a veto is a tough hurdle — even for popular legislation

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Thursday, the Senate voted 21-14 to overturn Gov. Brad Little’s first veto of the 2021 session, falling short of the two-thirds majority required from both the House and Senate.  The House voted 62-7 on its override attempt earlier this week, easily surpassing the two-thirds threshold but losing some votesContinue reading “Why overturning a veto is a tough hurdle — even for popular legislation”

Idaho vaccination laws already permissive, even before governor’s order

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports While Idahoans have had significant discussion about whether the COVID-19 vaccine would become mandatory, it’s worth note that the state has never mandated a vaccine for adults. There are rules around childhood vaccines for children attending school, but even those have wide-ranging exemptions.  Gov. Brad Little signed an executive orderContinue reading “Idaho vaccination laws already permissive, even before governor’s order”

Idaho Supreme Court rules custody not required to change a child’s name.

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports Parents do not need to have custody of their children to change their name according to a new Idaho Supreme Court Decision. On Wednesday, the Idaho Supreme Court released its opinion on Hayes v. Medioli. The Court ruled unanimously in favor of Massimo Medioli, allowing him to change his son’sContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court rules custody not required to change a child’s name.”

Can teenagers get a COVID-19 vaccine without parental consent? It depends

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As some parts of Idaho have opened up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents, regardless of age and medical conditions, there are still questions regarding children who don’t have parental consent. One of the three COVID-19 vaccines in use — the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine — can be administered to people agesContinue reading “Can teenagers get a COVID-19 vaccine without parental consent? It depends”