An exhausted Senate gave pre-dawn approval Saturday to a Democratic $3.7 trillion budget for next year that embraces nearly $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade but shelters domestic programs targeted for cuts by House Republicans.
With paintings of George Washington, family photos and plaques from the Future Farmers of America, Idaho lawmakers who virtually live at the Capitol this time of year have personalized their offices, providing a home away from home while conducting the people's business.
Idaho is one of only 2 states that tax Girl Scout cookies. The tax on a box of girl scout cookies is 22 cents. The Girl Scouts of Silver Sage say each year that adds up to nearly $152,000.
Tuesday's levy would allow the school district to use $4.3 million to balance the budget. That's the same amount that the district is in debt, thanks to an accounting error.
Legislation that would spread food stamp distribution across 10 days each month has hit a roadblock.
A gun rights rally was held at the statehouse on Saturday with a focus on women and guns.
A hearing was held where public employees could let legislators know what problems they face.
The new bill would ban tanning to teens under 16 and require older teens to get parental permission.
The new proposal would require prospective drivers to have what the bill calls satisfactory academic progress towards graduation.
The Senate Transportation Committee introduced legislation Thursday that would require police to establish probable cause or obtain a warrant before using drones in an investigation.
The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted Thursday to debate a bill that would release food stamp vouchers on as many as 10 days each month.
Brent Regan made the comment Saturday during a discussion about federal gun control measures.
The Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee voted 14-4 Tuesday to support the estimate Otter announced Monday, which foresees 2014 revenue of $2.8 billion, for about 5 percent more than the current year.
Bedke's victory Wednesday signals that his message of pragmatic conservatism resonated over Denney's harder-line insistence on loyalty.
"It's amazing where we've come," says Rick Steves of the legalization measures Washington and Colorado voters approved last month. "It's almost counterculture to oppose us."