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Internet sales tax bill headed to Idaho Senate

An Idaho Senate panel has advanced a plan to collect and remit sales tax on online purchases. The Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee on March 8 agreed to advance the proposal to the Senate floor for debate. The proposal ...

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US to Idaho: ‘State-based’ health plans don’t pass muster

Idaho’s move to let companies offer health insurance plans that don’t meet Affordable Care Act standards is illegal, U.S. officials said March 8. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma issued a letter to Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” ...

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Idaho House spikes rural schools network bill

A bill backed by Idaho’s top schools chief to develop a new rural schools network has once again failed to clear the Legislature. For the third year in a row, state lawmakers on March 7 blocked a proposal to form ...

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Judge: Idaho must allow gender changes on birth certificates

A federal judge says Idaho can’t bar transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates. In a ruling issued March 5, U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale said the rules by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare ...

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Idaho bill seeks to deter domestic abusers from owning guns

Idaho would become the latest state to prevent convicted domestic abusers from owning guns under a proposal headed to the House floor. The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee, a Republican-dominant panel, on March 1 spent several hours debating the ...

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Idaho auctions federal timber in deal with Forest Service

Idaho officials have auctioned timber on federal land as part of an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service intended to increase logging and reduce the severity of wildfires. The Jasper II West timber sale on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests ...

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$200M Idaho tax cut plan headed to governor’s desk

What is billed as one of the largest tax reduction bills in Idaho’s history is expected to be signed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. Senate members on March 1 approved the measure on a 26-9 vote, with just three Republican ...

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Idaho House OKs bill placing restrictions on bonds

Idaho’s House has advanced legislation that would require cities, counties and other taxing districts to wait almost one year before a failed bond could be placed back on the election ballot. It’s not unusual for taxing districts to immediately re-run ...

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Kroger joins other big retailers, tightens gun restriction

Kroger is raising the minimum age to buy guns at its Fred Meyer stores, the third major retailer to place restrictions on gun sales that exceed federal law. Like Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods a day earlier, Kroger on March ...

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