Law & Government

Jan 26, 2021

Legislature’s actions threaten vaccine rollout, prosperity

[caption id="attachment_260536" align="alignleft" width="131"] Brad Little[/caption] My fellow Idahoans, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as your Governor I have worked hard to protect lives and critical health care capacity for the entire state while keeping families safe and businesses and schools open. Every decision has been a balancing act, and while the pandemic response has not been perf[...]

Jan 26, 2021

Lawmakers asked to approve $3 million for old mine cleanup

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State environmental officials on Friday asked lawmakers to approve just over $3 million to deal with toxic discharge and a collapsing tunnel at an abandoned silver and lead mine in central Idaho. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality made the request to the Legislature's powerful budget-setting committee. Lawmakers will make budget decisions in the coming months[...]

Jan 25, 2021

Idaho governor rips state lawmakers amid pandemic concerns

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Friday ripped state lawmakers for jeopardizing efforts to fight the coronavirus and called on residents to contact their senators and representatives as they push legislation aiming to strip away some of his authority during a crisis like the pandemic. In an anger-tinged speech on live television, the Republican governor said the GOP-led Legislatu[...]

Jan 22, 2021

Idaho House OKs plan to let lawmakers call special sessions

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself into a special session passed the House on Thursday and is headed to the Senate. With a 51-18 vote, the House mustered the two-thirds threshold required to approve the legislation, which supporters say is needed to provide a check on the governor's authority. The legislation stems from la[...]

The loading dock at the Nelson-Ricks Creamery in Rexburg in the 1920s. Photo license CC-BY-2.0 by the Rexburg Historical Society.
Jan 22, 2021

Legal churn: The Nelson-Ricks Cheese Company bankruptcy

[caption id="attachment_260855" align="alignright" width="300"] The loading dock at the Nelson-Ricks Creamery in Rexburg in the 1920s. Photo license Rexburg Historical Society, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] For the residents of eastern Idaho, the news that the Nelson-Ricks Cheese Company had filed for Chapter 11 in November 2020 w[...]

Jan 21, 2021

Idaho lawmakers tweak bill in power struggle with governor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — House lawmakers fine-tuned legislation Wednesday in their power struggle with Republican Gov. Brad Little over emergency declarations stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The House State Affairs Committee killed one bill and replaced it with a reworded version that seeks to give the Legislature, not the governor, the power to extend emergency declarations that would aut[...]

Jan 20, 2021

Idaho senators warned of possible COVID-19 exposure

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers in the Idaho Senate have been told to monitor their health after a Senate staffer tested positive for COVID-19, but that the Senate will continue operating, a leading state lawmaker said Tuesday. Senate President Pro-Tem Chuck Winder said that the staffer was infected by a family member outside the Statehouse and went to work Friday with no symptoms. "She was [...]

Jan 20, 2021

Dean Cameron named president-elect of insurance organization

[caption id="attachment_145421" align="alignleft" width="124"] Dean Cameron[/caption] Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean L. Cameron was voted president-elect of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The NAIC is part of the state-based system of insurance regulation in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Cameron served as vice president of t[...]

The submitted design for the BVA double tower at 200 N. 4th Street in Boise. Image courtesy of City of Boise Planning and Development.
Jan 19, 2021

Boise defers decision on BVA tower project at 200 N. 4th St.

[caption id="attachment_262267" align="alignright" width="300"] The submitted design for the BVA double tower at 200 N. 4th St. in Boise. Image courtesy of City of Boise Planning and Development[/caption] Boise City Council kicked the can down the road on Ball Ventures Ahlquist's zoning request for a proposed double-tower mixed-use building on 4th between Bannock and Idaho Streets in Boise. At[...]

Jan 19, 2021

Idaho House rejects remote participation amid virus concerns

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers in the House on Friday rejected a request from one of its members to allow her and others to participate remotely due to her being at increased risk of serious illness or death from the coronavirus. The House voted 49-11 with 10 absent to reject the request from Democrat Muffy Davis of Ketchum. All 11 Democrats voted in favor of the motion, while all Republicans [...]

Governor Little at his Oct. 9 press conference. Photo by Catie Clark.
Jan 19, 2021

Little offers Boise Young Professionals timeless advice

[caption id="attachment_258433" align="alignleft" width="300"] Governor Brad Little at a press conference. Photo by Catie Clark[/caption] Work hard, make good choices and always keep learning. That's the advice that Governor Brad Little gave at the first Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Lunch of the new year on Jan. 6. The fact that it was a virtual lunch meeting did not c[...]

Jan 19, 2021

All Idahoans are essential, say Republican caucus chairs

[caption id="attachment_262468" align="alignleft" width="125"] Megan Blanksma[/caption] [caption id="attachment_262469" align="alignright" width="138"] Mark Harris[/caption] You are essential, no matter what anyone, any leader or any official says.  Your work is essential to your family, community and to our state’s economy.  Government should never get in the way of that.  Your elected R[...]