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Idaho’s COVID-19 legal complaints (access required)

To date, there have been 15,949 COVID-19 related legal complaints filed in the United States since Jan. 30, 2020, through May 19, 2022. The number of complaints filed in Idaho during that same period: 65. That’s a per capita rate ...

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Rural counties receive federal funding, but program may change  (access required)

photo of endowment lands

Rural Idaho school districts and counties in regions with large amounts of untaxable Federal land have received their annual Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments from the Federal government intended to mitigate this, but Idaho’s Congressional representatives say they would prefer ...

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Biz ‘Bite:’ Ketchum puts affordable housing on ballot (access required)

Downtown Ketchum.

Ketchum is asking its residents to vote on May 17 to increase the city’s local options tax (LOT) and to use the funds raised to support affordable housing. As a resort community, Ketchum is one of the few municipalities allowed ...

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When a routine Rexburg replat was anything but routine (access required)

A simple, routine replat request in Rexburg raised eyebrows and concern because of the unique nature of the city’s zoning ordinances and the conditions created by the presence of the city’s biggest business: Brigham Young University–Idaho (BYU-I). “It was finally ...

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Survey of 2022 Idaho Health Care Legislation (access required)

The Idaho 2022 Legislative Session saw the passage and approval of 333 bills, six of which were vetoed, and 327 were passed, 325 of which were signed by Gov. Brad Little and two became law without signature. Out of all ...

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Survey of 2022 Idaho Business Legislation (access required)

The Idaho 2022 Legislative Session saw the passage and approval of 333 bills, six of which were vetoed, and 327 were passed, 325 of which were signed by Gov. Brad Little and two became law without signature. Out of all ...

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Without overriding any vetoes, Legislature adjourns session for the year

The Idaho Legislature adjourned the 2022 session for the year on March 31 without taking up any new bills or overriding any of Gov. Brad Little’s vetoes. The Idaho House of Representatives adjourned for the year “sine die” at about ...

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$200M spans the bridge funding gap (access required)

The West Bridge Street Bridge in Blackfoot

When Gov. Brad Little signed Senate Bill 1359 (SB1359) into law on March 17, the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) gained funding to repair or replace bridges around the state. SB1359 Sponsored by Sen. Jim Woodward and Rep. Matthew ...

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Governor vetoes bill to pause COVID-19 vaccine requirements

Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday vetoed a bill that would block COVID-19 vaccine requirements until at least 2023. In his letter explaining the veto, Little said his decision was based on the same limited-government philosophy that prompted him to ...

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Biz ‘Bite:’ Idaho Legislature repeals mining laws (access required)

Hiding among all the contentious issues the Idaho Legislature debated this session were two bills related to mining, which passed with unanimous approval: Senate Bills 1227 and 1228.  Senate Bill 1227 repeals Idaho Code § 70-2, which created the Coeur ...

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