Prison improvement passing Chloe Rambo 03.24.2014
BOISE — Idaho has joined 18 other states in pursuing data-driven justice reinvestment policies in efforts to maximize prison efficiency, following 10 months of research on the subject. Justice reinvestment has held a priority for Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter since the start of the session, and all three branches of Idaho’s government stand in […]
Pushing through – Session deadline approaching, Idaho legislature passes bills quickly Chloe Rambo 03.10.2014
BOISE — As the legislative session draws near to its March 21 goal, bills are being pushed through the House and Senate in multiples. Here’s a breakdown on which bills are moving to the desk of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.
BOISE — A second-year law school program in Boise and a 2 percent salary increase were granted to the University of Idaho following the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee meeting Thursday.
Campus carry continues Chloe Rambo 03.03.2014
Senate Bill 1254 passes house committee Friday BOISE — Senate Bill 1254, the hot-button bill that would allow concealed firearm carry on state university and college campuses, passed with an 11-3 vote in the House State Affairs Committee Friday following almost seven hours of public hearing. Representatives Lynn Luker and Eric Anderson were absent from […]
Otter signs ‘ag-gag’ bill – Chobani head urges governor to rethink SB 1337, signs anyway Chloe Rambo 03.03.2014
BOISE — Senate Bill 1337, commonly called the “ag-gag” bill, passed through the House with a 56-14 vote Wednesday, and was signed into law by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter two days later.
Split on security Chloe Rambo 02.27.2014
BOISE — Almost 250 protestors stood in disapproval of Senate Bill 1254 — which would allow concealed weapons on college campuses in Idaho — in a walkout staged by the Coalition to Keep Guns Off Campus on the Capitol stairs Thursday. About 25 supporters of the bill, some of them armed, joined the protestors.
Breaking barriers Chloe Rambo 02.20.2014
BOISE — It’s all about access. Not just access to adequate technology and tutoring, but also access to satisfactory advising and a stable academic grading system, said Rakesh Mohan, director of the Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations. Mohan presented the findings of a 2012 report on reducing barriers to postsecondary education in Idaho at a […]
Finding financial balance Chloe Rambo 02.18.2014
BOISE — The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee heard public testimony on the state budget Friday and limited testimony to three minutes Friday. After more than two hours of testimony, it was evident top subjects of budget concern are employee wages, education, Medicaid expansion and mental health funding. Donna Yule, executive director of the Idaho Public Employees […]
Campus carry continues Chloe Rambo 02.13.2014
BOISE — The hot-button S.E.C.U.R.E. Idaho Campuses Act — a bill that would allow concealed weapons on state university and college campuses — hit the Senate State Affairs Committee for public hearing Wednesday and received split testimony. After more than two-and-a-half hours of testimony, the committee voted 7-2 along party lines to pass the bill […]
Business with breakfast — Idaho Gov. Butch Otter discusses legislation issues with Idaho press Chloe Rambo 02.13.2014
BOISE — Area reporters gathered around cafe-style tables in a restaurant in downtown Boise Tuesday with pens poised, notepads ready and waited for the governor to speak.
Students say no to concealed carry — UI, BSU, ISU student body representatives vote against campus concealed carry Chloe Rambo 02.10.2014
BOISE — Sitting around a table in a dimly-lit coffee area, light reflecting off the orange walls and sinking into the royal blue booth-style seating, three women exchanged pieces of paper, sliding them across the table in one of Boise State University’s more secluded dining areas.
BOISE –The worlds of education and technology are steadily developing, and all areas of Idaho will benefit from further technological development within Idaho, said Mike Rush, executive director of the State Board of Education. Rush said the future of bringing the two together is going to have a big impact on schools and the state […]
Laying out the law — Idaho judges, famed senator discuss importance of U.S. Constitution Chloe Rambo 02.06.2014
BOISE — The first edition of the Denton Darrington Annual Lecture for Law and Government took place Monday at the Capitol. The lecture series will cover a wide range of topics including the improved administration of the justice system. Denton Darrington, Idaho’s longest-serving state senator, retired in 2012 after serving 30 years. N. Randy Smith, […]
BOISE – Boise Republican Rep. Lynn Luker’s controversial bill regarding religious protections and service denial came up for hearing before the House State Affairs Committee Tuesday at the Capitol.
Right of way for rights bill Chloe Rambo 02.03.2014
“Add the Words” supporters have been fighting for equal protection for eight years, and many are optimistic this is the year an equality clause for members of Idaho’s LGBT community will be passed. But the House State Affairs Committee unanimously passed a bill last week that would do the opposite, effectively giving businesses, teachers and […]
BOISE — The House State Affairs Committee in the Idaho Legislature unanimously passed a bill that would allow businesses and medical professionals to deny service to gay individuals, as well as unmarried mothers, without losing licensure — as long as they cite religious beliefs.
Considering concealed carry–Bill allowing concealed carry on college compuses reintroduced in Idaho legislature Chloe Rambo 01.29.2014
BOISE — The Senate Affairs Committee heard a bill Monday that would change the firearms policy on public state college campuses and universities in Idaho. If passed, the bill would bring Idaho into the small pool of states allowing guns on campus. Called the S.E.C.U.R.E Idaho Campuses Act, the bill would permit retired law enforcement […]
Rebooting Otter’s executive budget — Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy to push alternative budget Chloe Rambo 01.23.2014
Chloe Rambo Argonaut BOISE — It’s a brand new plan and quickly gaining nods from Idaho education heavyweights. Michael Ferguson, director of the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, released an alternative budget plan at a press conference Monday that brings to light inequities that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s suggested budget serves to public schools and […]
New session, new ideas — Lawmakers gather in Boise for 2014 legislative session Chloe Rambo 01.16.2014
BOISE — Today marks the end of the second week of the 2014 legislative session, and much has been discussed, beginning with Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s State of the State address Jan. 6.