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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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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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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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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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The Idaho Legislature is one week closer to going home, but the specific date is still uncertain. Many of the budget bills have passed out of the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, known as J-FAC, and through the House and Senate. But some policy bills are slowing down the session.

Boise State Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief tells Samantha Wright lawmakers are a little cranky.

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Large crowds are expected to turn out Friday morning to testify at the statehouse about a bill to add work requirements and other sideboards to Medicaid Expansion in Idaho. This could end up being the sticking point at the end of the legislative session.

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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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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.

It’s the end of the fifth week of the Idaho Legislature. That means lawmakers are almost halfway toward going home.

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This week in the Idaho Legislature, lawmakers spent time on budgets and human trafficking bills, while LGBTQ supporters came to the capitol to advocate for an anti-discrimination bill.


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The Idaho Legislature kicked off Monday with Governor Brad Little’s first State of the State speech. Lawmakers spent much of the week going to orientation, looking at rules and discussing budgets.

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We’ve been bringing you statewide election coverage, from the Gubernatorial race to Superintendent of Public Instruction to Lieutenant Governor. Now we want to take a look at the Idaho Legislature and how races there are shaping up.

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It took 80 days, but the 2018 Idaho Legislature wrapped up this week. On Wednesday, both the House and Senate officially closed up shop and lawmakers headed home to campaign for the May primary.

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The finish line is in sight for the Idaho Legislature. Lawmakers pushed through nearly 100 bills this week as they worked to wrap up and go home. They won’t officially end until next week, even though they’ve worked through the major issues of the 2018 session.

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Just a few days remain in this year’s legislative session.

If Idaho lawmakers wrap up things next week as they plan to do, it will have been a shorter, but busier session than usual.

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The Idaho Legislature is just a couple of weeks away from going home and bills are moving through at a furious pace -- at least in the House.

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Thursday, the Idaho Senate passed Governor Butch Otter’s massive tax cut bill on a vote of 26-9. It had already passed the House and now just needs Otter's signature to become law. The bill cut taxes for some in Idaho and creates a $130 dollar child tax credit.

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As state lawmakers sift through the nearly 400 bills introduced this session, two of them have been moving quickly, but quietly, through the chambers.

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More than 400 bills are working their way through the Idaho Legislature in what has been a very busy week for lawmakers.

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Week five of the Idaho Legislature saw a lot of action in committees and on the House Floor. Big ticket issues were addressed, including a combination tax cut and tax conformity bill.

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Week four of the 2018 Idaho Legislature has come to a close. This first month is typically a time when more and more bills are introduced by lawmakers and when public testimony starts to heat up in committees.

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It’s the end of the third week of the Idaho Legislature. As legislators wrap up some housekeeping tasks that are necessary at the start of the session, bills are beginning to be introduced. And the next few weeks will see the bulk of the legislation for this session coming forward.

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This week, a proposed bill that would have required lawmakers to disclose their finances to the public, was overwhelmingly voted down in the Idaho Legislature.

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The Idaho Legislature has drafted its first bill for the 2018 session and it concerns a familiar issue from last year.

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Money, power, humility and budgets - that’s this week’s episode of “Legislative Breakdown.” In this week's podcast, Samantha Wright and Boise State Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief are joined by special guest, co-chair of the powerful Joint Finance Appropriations Committee, Representative Maxine Bell of Jerome.

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