2019 Legislature

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After an acrimonious, 95-day session marred by political infighting and, at times, daily protests, Idaho lawmakers have left Boise. Much of the last three months at the Idaho legislature have focused on hot button issues – Medicaid expansion, ballot initiatives and hemp.

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When the legislature adjourned last week, lawmakers left without approving a bill that renews thousands of rules governing the lives of Idaho citizens. Due to their inaction, the governor will now get to pick which rules stay and which ones go.

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The 2019 Idaho Legislative session officially wrapped up Thursday, but some of the most controversial parts of this past session might live on when lawmakers return in 2020.

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The Idaho Legislature finally wrapped up and went home Thursday after one of the longest sessions in years.

At the end, the House and the Senate were at odds over several issues: legalizing hemp cultivation, new offices for the House and changes to the citizen initiative process.

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The Idaho Legislature has adjourned for the year after a fractious and drawn out session.

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House Republicans are dialing up the tension at the Idaho Capitol after a late-session attempt to overhaul how state agencies’ rules are approved.

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Gov. Brad Little (R) has signed on to a compromise between the Idaho House and Senate that would add mandatory work requirements for those enrolling under the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion plan.

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Idaho House Republicans have resurrected a measure on ballot initiative restrictions by splitting it into four pieces of legislation less than three days after the original bill was vetoed by Gov. Brad Little (R).

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The Idaho House and Senate have reached consensus on adding mandatory work requirements to a popular Medicaid expansion initiative. State senators signed off on the bill 19-16 Friday afternoon.

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In a striking rebuke to the Idaho legislature, Gov. Brad Little (R) has “reluctantly” vetoed a bill that some say would’ve made it nearly impossible to get an initiative on the ballot.

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It’s not over yet. The Idaho Legislature still hasn’t wrapped up for the year.

Thursday, the Idaho House voted to add work requirements back into the Medicaid Expansion bill, which has been worked and re-worked several times. That issue and two bills to make getting a citizen initiative on the ballot harder have slowed the legislature down considerably this year.

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What Idaho’s Medicaid expansion program will look like is yet again in flux after House lawmakers tweaked the latest bill adding mandatory work requirements Thursday.

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Gov. Brad Little (R) will now consider two proposals that opponents say would make it nearly impossible to get an initiative on the ballot.

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Idaho Senators have endorsed work requirements as part of a compromise with the House in order to fund the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion program.

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The Idaho Senate is moving forward with a bill designed to minimize potential legal challenges to efforts that would make it harder to get a citizen initiative on the ballot.

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Mandatory work requirements for Idaho’s Medicaid expansion program will be debated by the Senate after all.

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After nearly three hours of contentious debate, Idaho House lawmakers voted to make it significantly harder to put a citizens’ initiative on the ballot.

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The Idaho Legislature has been wrestling with two big bills this week. There were significant developments on both the Medicaid Expansion bill and the bill that would change the requirements for passing a citizen initiative.

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House Republican leadership is trying to ease up on an embattled bill that would significantly tighten the ballot initiative process in Idaho.

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An Idaho Senate committee put up a roadblock for a bill that would adopt mandatory work requirements, among other restrictions, for the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion program amid uncertainty that they would hold up in court.

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An Idaho House panel passed a controversial voter initiative bill Tuesday afternoon in the face of significant opposition.

Another multi-hour hearing with the vast majority of testimony against the bill seemingly did little to stop the House State Affairs committee from moving it forward to the full House on a 10-5 vote.

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A bill that would legalize hemp in Idaho is headed to the state Senate. The proposal may also gain a key ally with a few tweaks.

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State senators passed a bill 18-17 that would make Idaho’s citizen initiative process among the most restrictive in the country. The proposal comes just months after a successful initiative that expanded Medicaid eligibility to low-income residents.

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It doesn't look like lawmakers at the legislature will be going home when they planned to on Monday, March 25. Known as the Sine Die date, Monday was supposed to be their last day.

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Idaho House Republicans pushed through a bill Thursday that would tack on work requirements, among several other restrictions for those enrolling under the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion program.

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