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Lone urban renewal reform plan passes Senate

Idaho lawmakers considered 10 different pieces of reforms to urban renewal agencies this year, but so far just one plan that passed the Senate Tuesday has a chance to become law if signed by the governor and if changes are … Continue reading

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Final piece of education reform plan heads to House for a vote

Superintendent Tom Luna’s education reform plan is nearing completion, thanks to a vote by the House Education Committee Tuesday to send the final piece of the package to the House. Panel members voted 12-6 to pass Senate Bill 1184, the … Continue reading

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House Democrats may delay session end to push for cigarette tax hike

A member of the leadership in the Idaho House says it’s possible that Democrats may try to delay the end of the 2011 legislative session to try to force the consideration of a bill that would hike the state’s cigarette … Continue reading

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Ada, Canyon emissions test expense could be reduced

Constituents in Ada County and Canyon County may be getting closer to not taking a hit financially if their vehicles do not pass the state-required emissions test. The House State Affairs Committee sent RS 20693, which would eliminate re-registration renewal … Continue reading

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Possible abortion loophole may close for teens on Medicaid

Idaho lawmakers will do away with a state rule that allows girls under the age of 18 and on Medicaid to receive taxpayer-funded abortions. Anti-abortion rights groups call the state policy a loophole, while officials with the Department of Health … Continue reading

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Renewable energy tax credit debate not dead yet

The ongoing debate over Idaho’s energy future and portfolio saw a new twist Monday thanks to Rep. Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly. Roberts, unhappy with a proposed deal that would allow state solar and wind producers to receive a sales tax rebate … Continue reading

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ITD given positive performance audit

Two years ago Idaho’s Office of Performance Evaluations (OPE) rated the Idaho Transportation Department’s (ITD) performance as subpar. Monday the House Transportation and Defense Committee heard the results of an independent audit that concluded much improvement has been made by … Continue reading

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New closed primary and voter registration plan introduced

A new plan for to close Idaho’s primary elections and require voters to register by parties could still allow independents to cast a vote in primaries, though party leaders would have the final say on such participation. The chairmen of … Continue reading

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Senate passes $34.6 million Medicaid reduction measure

Lawmakers in the Idaho Capitol are one step closer to heading home after the Senate passed a bill that would reduce state Medicaid spending by $34.6 million in fiscal year 2012. The legislation passed the Senate 27-8.  Sen. Joe Stegner, … Continue reading

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House creates another charter school oversight position amid budget cuts

On the same day the Joint Finance-Appropriation Committee approved a $47 million reduction in state spending for public education, members of the Idaho House voted to create another oversight position within the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. Representatives voted 42-28 … Continue reading

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