3:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Idaho Senate's Gas Tax Plan Is A No-Go In House

The Idaho Senate approved a 10-cent hike in the state's gas tax. Flickr

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 2:48 pm

The ping-pong of transportation plans between the Idaho House and Senate promises to make this a long week at the Capitol.

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Cannabis Oil
7:19 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Cannabis Oil Bill Passes Idaho House

Idaho lawmakers passed a bill to allow parents to treat epileptic children with an oil extracted from cannabis.
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Idaho lawmakers this Monday passed a bill to allow parents to treat epileptic children with an oil extracted from cannabis. Idaho’s House approved it 39 to 30 after more than an hour of intense debate.

Opponents argued the bill legalizes marijuana. The oil has small amounts of the chemical that makes pot users high. Iona Republican Thomas Loertscher said the bill was not about legalizing drug use but about easing children’s suffering.

“This is whether we want to measure what we do here with compassion, or whether we do what we do out of fear,” Loertscher says.

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Teacher Pay
4:19 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Idaho Governor Signs Bill To Boost Teacher Pay

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signs the ''career ladder'' bill with lawmakers who backed the bill looking on.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 4:31 pm

Idaho teachers could start seeing raises as soon as next fall after Governor Butch Otter signed a pay plan known as the “career ladder” into law Thursday.

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Idaho Cannabis Oil
7:55 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Consider Competing Bills On Marijuana Extracted Epilepsy Treatment

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Friday morning, a group of Idaho senators will consider a bill to allow parents of children with severe epilepsy to access a treatment derived from cannabis. Idaho does not allow medical marijuana, but the oil has almost none of the chemical that makes pot users high.

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Idaho Bullying Bill
7:24 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Teens, Parents Urge Idaho Lawmakers To Pass Anti-Bullying Bill

Carmen Stanger testified before Idaho lawmakers about her daughter Maddie, who died by suicide last year. Stanger says Maddie was bullied for her sexual orientation.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:34 pm

A bill that would establish an expectation for Idaho schools to intervene when a kid is bullied is headed to the Idaho House floor.

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Idaho Gay Marriage
7:27 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Idaho Bill Would Ask Congress To Impeach Judges Over Gay Marriage

A resolution in the Idaho legislature would would ask Congress to impeach 'activist judges.'
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 3:47 pm

Idaho lawmakers unhappy with the legalization of gay marriage in the state are calling on Congress to do something about “activist judges.”

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GMO Labeling Idaho
7:40 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Genetically Engineered Food Blurs Party Lines At Idaho Capitol

File photo of the Idaho State Capitol in Boise.
Bev Sykes Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 3:18 pm

The Idaho legislature approved a resolution Friday on genetically engineered food.

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Cannabis Oil
7:13 am
Fri March 13, 2015

New Bill For Marijuana-Derived Epilepsy Treatment Comes With Strong Restrictions

Nampa's Curt McKenzie heads Idaho's Senate State Affairs Committee.
Credit Idaho Legislature

An Idaho Senate committee Friday morning will consider a bill that seeks to allow parents of children with severe epilepsy to access an oil derived from cannabis. Several states that don’t allow medical marijuana have made exceptions for the treatment.

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Minimum Wage
4:41 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Introduce Minimum Wage Bill, But Indicate It’s Headed Nowhere

A view of the Idaho State Capitol from Downtown Boise
Bev Sykes Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 3:05 pm

A panel in the Idaho Senate introduced a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour -- a $2 per hour increase -- by next year. 

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Idaho Marijuana Bill
6:45 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Will Introduce Bill To Legalize Marijuana Extract For Epilepsy

Alexis Carey (seen here with parents Clare and Micheal Carey) is now 10 years old. She suffers from life threatening seizures that took her ability to walk and speak at a very young age.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho lawmakers will introduce a bill Wednesday that will allow people to use some oils extracted from cannabis plants. Idaho currently does not allow any form of medical marijuana. But other states without medical pot have passed exemptions similar to this new bill.

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