2019 Legislature

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A bill that would require parents to opt-in their kids to sex education got significant pushback Tuesday morning.

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An Idaho House committee heard testimony overwhelmingly supportive of changing some of the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws around drug trafficking Monday.

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Public and private schools, as well as daycares across Idaho, may soon have to let parents know they can opt their kids out of getting vaccinated.

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If you’re a fan of working on your tan well into the night, you’re in luck. Idahoans will keep springing forward and falling back when it comes to setting their clocks.

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A bill that establishes a minimum age for marriage in Idaho passed out of a House committee with overwhelming support.

While making her presentation to the committee Thursday, Boise Democrat Melissa Wintrow pointed out a glaring issue with Idaho law.


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It’s Friday and that means it’s time for an update on what’s been happening this week at the Idaho Legislature. Lawmakers are halfway toward going home.

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A bill looking to add language to Idaho’s anti-discrimination laws that would safeguard the rights of LGBTQ individuals won’t advance this year. However, one state lawmaker says progress is being made.

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State senators will soon get the chance to debate overhauling Idaho’s campaign finance system.

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A proposal to require all rape kits to be tested in Idaho is one step closer to becoming law.

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Efforts to legalize hemp in the Gem State continue to unfold at the capitol.

Idaho is one of just three states to have no legislation pertaining to the use of hemp. Nebraska and South Dakota are the others. While the federal Farm Bill now treats hemp as a commodity, Idaho statutes don’t share that perspective. The effort underway at the statehouse is to bring Idaho into accord with the federal guidelines.


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The Idaho Legislature is going strong, with almost 300 bills moving through committees. They cover a wide variety of topics, from public education funding to marijuana laws, to liquor license requirements.

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Idaho lawmakers are making it easier for people to get doses of a life-saving drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.

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Governor Brad Little signed legislation Wednesday that provides a major step forward in ending a years-long dispute over water.

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A measure to ease the punishment for a first-time offense of possessing marijuana passed a committee in the legislature unanimously.

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A group of about a dozen Republicans plan to release their proposal this week to add restrictions to Idaho’s recent Medicaid expansion.

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