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Senate Dems blast GOP; Republicans defend legislative record (video)

The seven Democrats in the Idaho Senate say the almost-complete legislative session is the worst in memory and say the Republicans have shifted to the extreme far right. The spokesman for Senate Republicans say that voters support the majority party, … Continue reading

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Senate hopeful income tax credit will create jobs

The Idaho Senate approved an amended version of an income tax credit backed by Gov. Butch Otter that would give employers a portion of the salaries they pay to new workers hired in the next three years. The legislation passed … Continue reading

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Changes to megaloads lawsuit legislation could boost judges’ role

Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, will agree to the changes the Senate made on his legislation that makes it more difficult for citizens to challenge megaload permits, though he said the amendments eat away at the restrictions he was trying … Continue reading

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McGee wants to use GARVEE bonds for bridges

Idaho Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, wants state lawmakers and road builders to consider using untapped bonding authority to fix aging bridges across the state. McGee introduced the idea in a Senate committee Monday, though lawmakers won’t take up the issue … Continue reading

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Lawmakers approve bigger corrections budget, tougher gang law

The Idaho House and Senate both approved a $7.8 million increase in state taxpayer funding for the state’s prison system, a 5.4 percent increase. The total budget for the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) would be $175.6 million for the … 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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Effort to limit potential megaloads lawsuit takes a detour

Idaho lawmakers will make changes to legislation that would make it more difficult for people to sue the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to stop the state from permitting an oversized loads on state roads. The effort comes after lawsuits and … Continue reading

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Limit on specialty license plates progresses

Legislation that prevents private organizations from getting specialty license plates faces a full Senate vote after being approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. The plan wouldn’t apply to current plates, and would only allow for new plates that benefit a … Continue reading

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Idaho could add limits on new specialized license plates

Idaho lawmakers are considering a plan to block any new specialized vehicle license plates that would make payments to non-profit organizations. Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, said he’d like to limit the proliferation of new license plates … Continue reading

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Doctors could be protected when telling ITD that patients shouldn’t drive

Idaho lawmakers approved legislation that could encourage doctors to tell state officials when their patients shouldn’t be on the road. The law, backed by the Idaho Medical Association which represents doctors, would shield doctors from retribution, including potential lawsuits or … Continue reading

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