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Idaho's 2013 Legislature convened in Boise on January 7. We've put together a guide to the session, including ways to contact your lawmaker, how to get involved, and comprehensive information about the people elected to office.The BasicsHow to Contact Your Legislator Tweet Your Lawmaker: A Guide To Idaho Legislators On TwitterFive Ways to Participate in the Idaho Legislature Where to Watch, ListenExploring the Demographics of Idaho's 2013 LegislatureWho Are Idaho’s Legislators? A Demographic Breakdown Of The 2013 LegislatureIdaho’s Legislature Has More Women Than Most StatesIdaho Has Older-Than-Average Legislature, Does Age Matter?How Lawmakers' Day Jobs Affect Policy Decisions In Idaho PhDs, MDs And JDs Among Idaho Lawmakers’ Diverse Educational BackgroundsLegislators’ Religions Align Closely With Idahoans, Except For Catholics And MormonsWhat Lawmakers Are SayingBefore the start of the 2013 legislative session, we sat down with a few key lawmakers to discuss a handful of issues. We focused on three areas sure to be hot topics; education funding, economic development and taxes, and healthcare.Sen. Stennett: Idaho Must Invest In Infrastructure To Be CompetitiveSen. Keough: Idaho Must Define ‘Adequate And Thorough’ To Fund EducationSen. Goedde: The Best Way To Equalize Idaho Schools Is Through Digital LearningFrom Education To Tax Cuts, Idaho’s New House Speaker Weighs In On Key IssuesRep. Collins: We Don’t Have The Money To Get Rid Of Idaho’s Personal Property TaxRep. Bell: Idaho’s Budget Woes And The Push To Repeal The Personal Property Tax Are A “Perfect Storm”Sen. Cameron: Idaho May Be “Falling Short” When It Comes To Funding SchoolsState of the State AddressGov. Otter’s State Of The State Speech Sets His Agenda For Idaho Legislature

Judge Denies Idaho's Request To Toss 'Ag-Gag' Lawsuit

A federal judge in Idaho Thursday refused to toss out a challenge to the state's “ag-gag” law that was passed by Idaho legislators earlier this year at the urging of the state’s $2.5 billion dairy industry. The law spells out stiff punishments for people who secretly tape agricultural operations.

A coalition including the ACLU of Idaho, Center for Food Safety, and Animal Legal Defense Fund sued to overturn it. They allege the law violates free speech and other constitutional principles.

In April, attorney’s for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter asked a judge to dismiss the case. They argued the coalition did not have the right to challenge the law. Judge B. Lynn Winmill disagreed with Otter's attorneys and will hear the case.

However, Winmill added that he is dismissing Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter as a defendant from the case because Otter does not directly oversee enforcing the law.

Find reporter Adam Cotterell on Twitter @cotterelladam

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