CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor says he has spoken with governors of neighboring states about the possibility of holding a grizzly summit.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to increase penalties for a person who attacks an Idaho Parks and Recreation employee authorized to enforce state laws is heading to Gov. Brad Little.
Beer, wine sales approved for historic Idaho theaters
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to allow Idaho theaters on the National Register of Historic Places to obtain licenses to sell beer and wine has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to determine why so many Idaho women die while pregnant or from childbirth-related complications has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.
Starting teacher pay raised to $40,000 in Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Starting teacher pay will increase to $40,000 annually in a move Idaho lawmakers hope will attract and keep more teachers in the state.
Updates to Idaho mining law heads to governor
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation rewriting portions of Idaho's mining law is headed to Gov. Brad Little.
The Senate on Tuesday voted 29-3 to approve the legislation backed by the Idaho Mining...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to designate a roadway that crosses southern Idaho as the Idaho Medal of Honor Highway is headed to the governor.
Idaho house OKs bill to help emergency responders with PTSD
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation identifying post-traumatic stress disorder as an occupational injury sustained by Idaho's emergency responders passed the House on Thursday and is heading to Gov....
Bill to keep Idaho wolf control board running becomes law
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law legislation to keep operating a state board that pays a federal agency to kill wolves that attack livestock and elk.
Committee sets budget for state environmental agency
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Legislature's budget committee has approved a 1.7 percent increase to $68 million for the agency responsible for safeguarding Idaho's environment.
Idaho gov: Legislature must fund Medicaid before adjourning
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little says the Legislature must fund a voter-approved expansion of the state's Medicaid program before lawmakers adjourn for the year.
Bill to raise fee for private forest owners goes to governor
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation that will for the first time in 16 years raise the assessment private forest owners pay the state to make sure logging is done in a sustainable way and in...
Legislation aims to reduce wilderness study areas in Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation urging Congress to remove hundreds of thousands of acres from wilderness study area designation in Idaho advanced to the full House on Tuesday despite concerns it...
Committee approves $53.2 million for juvenile corrections
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Legislature's budget-setting committee has approved a 2.2 percent increase to $53.2 million for state Department of Juvenile Corrections.
The budget approved Tuesday is slightly more than requested by both the agency and Gov. Brad Little.
The amount includes about $3 million in federal funds.
Budget committee approves $2.2 billion for Idaho schools
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 6 percent increase in funding for all public schools — for a total of $2.2 billion — was approved Monday by the Legislature's budget-setting committee.
The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted unanimously on a series of school budgets for fiscal year 2020 that would need to clear the House and Senate before they can be approved by the governor.
Proclamation remembers Idaho internment camp prisoners
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday issued a proclamation to recognize and remember the people of Japanese ancestry imprisoned at the Minidoka internment camp in south-central Idaho during WWII.
Little signed the proclamation in the governor's ceremonial office in the Statehouse with a former prisoner from the Minidoka camp in the audience.
Bill to keep Idaho wolf control board headed to governor
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to keep operating a state board that pays a federal agency to kill wolves that attack livestock and elk is on its way to Gov. Brad Little after a House vote Monday.
The House voted 51-19 to repeal a section of Idaho law that would end the five-year-run of the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board in the summer of 2020.
The legislation requested by the board already passed the Senate.
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Budget committee gives OK for new veterans home in N. Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers on a budget-setting committee have voted unanimously to approve money for a new veterans home in northern Idaho.
The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted 20-0 Friday to approve a $78.5 million budget for the Idaho Division of Veterans Services that includes $42 million for a veterans home in Post Falls.
New Idaho law to make overdose reversal drug more available
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed legislation into law Thursday aimed at reducing the number of opioid deaths in the state by making naloxone overdose reversal medication more available.
The new law approved unanimously by the Legislature alters wording in an existing law to make it clear that emergency responders, family members and others can get and administer the medication.
Bill to keep wolf control board operating clears House panel
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to keep operating an Idaho board that pays a federal agency to kill wolves that attack livestock and elk moved to the full House on Wednesday.
The House Resources and Conservation Committee voted to move ahead with legislation to repeal a section of Idaho law that would end the five-year-run of the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board.
Idaho water legislation signed into law by governor
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. Brad Little on Wednesday signed legislation to end years of litigation and help finalize an agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho.
The new law makes sure rights to water that refills reservoirs in the Boise River system following flood control releases are protected should additional large water storage systems be built.
Idaho State Police could add more motorcycle patrols
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police troopers could start patrolling Pocatello and Coeur d'Alene on motorcycles.
Idaho State Police Colonel Kedrick Wills told the Legislature's budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that motorcycle troopers can do traffic enforcement as well as help with special events such as a popular Ironman competition in Coeur d'Alene.
Senate approves bill to maintain Idaho wolf control board
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to make permanent an Idaho board that pays a federal agency to kill wolves that attack livestock and elk has cleared the Senate.
Senators on Thursday voted 30-5 to approve the legislation requested by the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board repealing a section of Idaho law that would end the five-year-run of the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board.
The board pays the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services to kill wolves.
Parks and Recreation budget includes possible woolly mammoth
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has made a budget request that includes a mammoth item.
The agency on Thursday told the Legislature's budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee that it wants to build a visitor center at Thousand Springs State Park that could include a life-sized woolly mammoth.
Idaho water legislation headed to governor’s desk
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to end years of litigation and help finalize a settlement agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho is headed to the governor's desk following a unanimous Senate vote on Tuesday.
The 35-0 vote sends to Gov. Brad Little the bill that involves water rights in the Boise River system.
Business is growing for Idaho State Liquor Division
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho agency that sells whiskey, vodka and other distilled spirits wants relocate or remodel nine of its liquor stores.
State Liquor Division Director Jeffrey Anderson also told the Legislature's budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that the agency needs more warehouse employees and pallet jacks because it's selling more liquor.
Idaho lottery paid $176 million in prizes in 2018
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho State Lottery paid out $176 million in prize money and returned $53.5 million to the state in fiscal year 2018.
Director Jeffrey Anderson also told the Legislature's budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that the lottery has returned about $870 million to the state since selling its first ticket in 1989.
The agency made a budget request of about $6 million in fiscal year 2020, the same as Gov. Brad Little is recommending.
Little signs 2 executive orders to reduce Idaho regulations
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. Brad Little on Thursday fulfilled a pair of promises in his State of the State speech by signing two executive orders he said will remove outdated or unneeded regulations that are obstacles to economic prosperity in Idaho.
Governor’s budget: No money to replace van
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers on Thursday questioned a budget request by a state agency that manages a troubled residential treatment center for people with severe disabilities and mental illness, and in particular two vehicles the agency wants to replace.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Services for the Developmentally Disabled made its request to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.
State agency that protects children seeks $82.3 million
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A division of a state agency responsible for protecting children from abusive situations, handling foster care and adoptions is seeking a 7 percent budget increase to $82.3 million.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Child Welfare made its request Thursday to the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.
Group that maintains Statehouse requests $2.3 million
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The chairman of the Idaho Capitol Commission that maintains the Statehouse says the building that opened in 1912 has amazing bones but needs some occasional upkeep.
Andrew Erstad on Wednesday requested authorization from the Legislature's budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Commission to spend $2.3 million in fiscal year 2020.
That's the same amount as the previous year and what Gov. Brad Little is recommending.
Idaho wolf control board seeks approval to keep operating
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers on Monday advanced legislation to keep operating an Idaho board that pays a federal agency to kill wolves that attack livestock and big game.
The Senate Resources and Environment Committee, at the request of the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board, voted to move forward with legislation to repeal a section of Idaho law that would end the five-year-run of the board.
Little appoints senator to seat vacated by her son
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has appointed Regina Bayer of Meridian to fill the Senate seat vacated by her son.
Little in an announcement Monday says Bayer's term began Friday and will continue until the next general election when the term of office expires.
Little says Bayer is a small business owner with more than 30 years of experience as a real estate agent and broker.
Idaho health and welfare agency seeks $3.2 billion budget
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state agency that works to promote the health and safety of Idahoans is requesting a 5.5 percent increase in its budget, while Idaho Gov. Brad Little is recommending a larger increase of 11.2 percent due mainly to Medicaid expansion.
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen presented his agency's budget Monday to the Legislature's budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.
Idaho looks into loud cannon fire at governor’s inauguration
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho National Guard's commanding officer says he will look into 19 startlingly loud ceremonial canon blasts that were part of Gov. Brad Little's inauguration.
The canon fire on Jan. 4 set off car alarms in downtown Boise and scattered Canada geese into the air as smoke billowed around soldiers. Some of the several thousand people attending flinched in surprise.
School’s chief seeks 8 percent budget boost from lawmakers
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state's schools chief said Thursday she needs an 8-percent budget increase to about $2 billion to educate the more than 300,000 students for fiscal year 2020.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra made the remarks to the Legislature's budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. Idaho Gov. Brad Little has recommended an increase for schools of about 6 percent.
Public schools are the largest part of the state budget, representing about 50 percent.
Little taking applications for Idaho oil and gas commission
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little is accepting applications for a spot on the five-member Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Little made the announcement on Tuesday to fill the fifth spot on the commission that oversees oil and natural gas production in the state.
The commission is short one member after chairman Kevin Dickey resigned last week at Little's request.
Idaho Geological Survey seeks budget increase
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The agency that provides information about Idaho's geology and minerals and makes natural gas and oil production records available is asking state lawmakers to approve a $1.25 million budget.
University of Idaho President Chuck Staben made the request for fiscal year 2020 for the Idaho Geological Survey on Wednesday to the Legislature's budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.
Water legislation bill clears Idaho House, heads to Senate
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to end years of litigation and finalize an agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho cleared the House on Tuesday.
House members voted 67-0 to send to the Senate the bill that involves rights to water that refills three reservoirs in the Boise River system following releases to control flooding.
Idaho Natural History Museum wants to bolster 3D digital lab
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The director of the Pocatello-based Idaho Museum of Natural History says the museum for the first time this year will have traveling exhibits to areas around the state.
Leif Tapanila also told the Legislature's budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee in his budget request on Tuesday that the museum is starting a radio show that will also be a podcast involving Idaho's natural history.
Board that oversees Idaho education makes budget request
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho office that provides support staff to the State Board of Education in overseeing the state's $2.3 billion education system from kindergarten through the doctoral level is requesting lawmakers approve a budget of about $16.5 million.
State Board of Education Executive Director Matt Freeman made the request Monday to the Legislature's budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.
Idaho environmental official seeks money for mine pollution
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The agency responsible for safeguarding Idaho's environment needs money to clean up toxic discharge from an abandoned silver and lead mine near one of the world's top ski destinations, its director said Friday.
Gov. Little: Climate change is real, must be reversed
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's collaborative efforts with federal agencies, conservation groups, industries and residents have put Idaho out front in tackling tough environmental problems involving forests, rangelands, water uses and other issues, Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday.
The 64-year-old Republican sworn into office earlier this month shocked some at the Idaho Environmental Forum by declaring that climate change is real and will have to be dealt with.
Idaho governor receives oil and gas chairman’s resignation
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has received Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Chairman Kevin Dickey's resignation after a potential conflict of interest.
"Today I asked for and accepted the resignation of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission chairman," Little said in a statement Tuesday to the Idaho Statesman .
Idaho wolf control board seeks $200,000 to kill wolves
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A $200,000 budget request by Gov. Brad Little for an Idaho board that manages money to pay a federal and state agency to kill wolves that attack livestock and big game is sufficient for fiscal year 2020, a board member told lawmakers Wednesday.
"We're fine with the $200,000 this year," Wolf Depredation Control Board member Carl Rey told the budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, noting the board has a surplus this year.
Commission eyes new model for protecting vulnerable adults
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have advanced legislation Gov. Brad Little's administration says will help prevent abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults.
The House Health and Welfare Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved moving forward with the legislation brought forward by the Idaho Commission on Aging.
Lawmakers consider money request for math, science training
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The top official of a state program to boost student participation in science and technology learning to keep Idaho competitive in those fields says there are thousands of openings for jobs requiring those skills.
Idaho STEM Action Center Executive Director Angela Hemingway on Monday told members of the budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee that more money is needed to help Idaho meet demand for workers with those skills.
Shutdown threatens state’s hatchery-based steelhead season
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho nonprofit says the federal government shutdown is threatening the state's ability to keep hatchery-based steelhead season open, and thus affecting local families and businesses that depend on the fish for their livelihoods.