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”

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”

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”

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”

Labrador appointed to Central District Health board

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Ada County Commissioners have voted to appoint Raúl Labrador to the Central District Health Board of Health.  Labrador replaces former commissioner Diana Lachiondo, who lost the November election to Ryan Davidson. Previously, Labrador represented Idaho’s First Congressional District and served as chairman of the Idaho Republican Party. At theContinue reading “Labrador appointed to Central District Health board”

Amid federal uncertainty, Idaho allocates last of CARES Act funds

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Wednesday afternoon, the Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee budgeted the last of the $1.25 billion in CARES Act funding Idaho received in the spring.  Alex Adams, CFAC chairman and administrator of the Division of Financial Management, said the proposals are meant to bridge Idaho’s continued needs with what isn’t coveredContinue reading “Amid federal uncertainty, Idaho allocates last of CARES Act funds”