Tyrel Stevenson, legislative director for Coeur d’Alene Tribe, told the House State Affairs Committee at this morning’s hearing on HB 127, “If there’s an issue with something that the tribes currently are undertaking right now, the tribe feels this...
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Bill Roden, attorney, lobbyist, former state lawmaker and former representative of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, described the history of gaming law in Idaho, including the enactment by initiative of a state lottery, the passage of the federal Indian Gaming...
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Retired Pastor Steven McPherson told the House State Affairs Committee that he supports HB 127, the anti-tribal gaming bill, and said, “Perhaps it doesn’t go far enough, because I am opposed to gambling in any form. Perhaps we should consider the good...
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David Leroy, speaking as the attorney for Coeur d’Alene Racing Inc., told the House State Affairs Committee this morning that he believes HB 127, the anti-tribal gaming bill, isn’t an affront to Idaho’s Indian tribes, but instead is “merely an attempt...
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This morning’s informational hearing on the benefits of early childhood education and preschool, featuring an array of speakers, has been moved up to 8 a.m., instead of the planned 9 a.m., in the House Education Committee. The speakers will present again...
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William “Bill” Marshall, a University of North Carolina law professor, is speaking in room WW17 this morning on a potential Article V constitutional convention, saying it couldn’t be limited in scope to any particular topic. “There are no such...
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A new report from the University of Idaho says that the state has an estimated 221,000 equines, including riding horses, draft horses, ponies, miniature horses, donkeys, mules, and others of the species. The report is based on research carried out in...
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Commodity prices have fallen for several agricultural products over the last two years, and many may not rise again significantly in the near future. Michael Swanson, Wells Fargo chief agricultural economist, spoke at an agricultural forum hosted by the...
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Legislation requiring the Idaho State Lottery to comply with the state’s contracting laws is headed to the governor’s desk for approval. Lawmakers were alarmed earlier this year after learning that the lottery was asking potential vendors to provide...
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Idaho officials are in preliminary discussions with the U.S. Forest Service on buying federal public lands. State Forester David Groeschl of the Idaho Department of Lands told Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and other members of the Idaho Land Board Feb....
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By Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Law enforcement agencies would have to follow new statewide standards on how long physical evidence in sexual assault investigations should be retained under new legislation headed to the House...
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Legislation to ban “motorcycle profiling” in Idaho won strong support from the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon, as members praised the bill’s backers and voted unanimously to send the measure to the full House; you can read my full story here at...
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King’s Variety, which has 13 stores in Idaho and dozens more in surrounding states, is closing all of its stores. The Burley-based company released a statement Feb. 20 saying that changes to the retail climate had made business too difficult. “With the...
Yesterday
Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation requiring the Idaho State Lottery to comply with the state's contracting laws is headed to the governor's desk for approval. Lawmakers were alarmed earlier this year after...
Yesterday
Retired Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Jones has sent out a guest opinion today calling for repeal of Idaho’s faith-healing exemption, which protects parents from prosecution if they deny their child medical care and the child dies or becomes...
Yesterday
The House has killed legislation from House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, to shift $17 million from state highway funds that now goes to the Idaho State Police to roads, phasing the shift in over five years at roughly $3 million a year....
Yesterday
Burley-based Goode Auto Motor Group in January bought the closed-down 12-screen Twin Cinema 12 movie theater in Twin Falls. Goode will move its Twin Falls Mazda dealership, which shares a property with the Goode Volkswagen dealership, to the 6.1-acre...
Yesterday
A federal judge has cleared the way for a lead and copper mining company’s lawsuit against Union Pacific over lead pollution to move forward. This lawsuit related to contamination in Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Basin is one of several pending between Tucson,...
Yesterday
A bill shielding yoga training from state regulations is headed to the Idaho House floor. The House Education Committee unanimously voted Feb. 20 to advance a measure that would exempt certain yoga instruction programs from being regulated just like...
Yesterday
The College of Western Idaho is “re-evaluating everything” before moving forward with financing the $180 million creation of a new Boise campus and expanding its main Nampa campus. CWI’s $180 million bond measure was defeated in the November election....
2/20/2017