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The Idaho Legislature reconvened earlier this week after a two-week break due to a COVID-19 outbreak among members. What bills have advanced this week, and what might they mean for your life? Idaho Matters digs in to the legislative news of the week. Plus: how COVID-19 variants could affect the state's fight against the virus.

A bill making it harder to get an initiative on a statewide ballot has passed both chambers of the Idaho legislature.

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Congress is taking up the Biden Administration’s $2 trillion American Jobs Plan. Within it are $621 billion in funds to fix transportation infrastructure across the country. But Idaho Governor Brad Little isn’t waiting around for federal funding to fix local roads.


Idaho's legislature is about to reconvene after a COVID outbreak, a look at a plan to send nuclear waste to the state, a serial killer convicted for heinous crimes in the 90s in North Idaho dies in prison, and an update on evictions happening in the Treasure Valley. 

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The Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable is here to get you updated on what made news this week in Idaho, including the latest on the state’s accelerated vaccine rollout and ITD tapping the brakes on a highway intersection design unlike anything seen in Idaho before. 

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The Idaho Legislature abruptly recessed the 2021 session Friday morning due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among lawmakers, putting their work on pause until April 6. So where does this leave the bills that have been making their way through committees over the last couple of months? And will the outbreak of the virus spur changes in protocols at the statehouse? The Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable tackles these questions and more. 

About a year ago as COVID-19 began sweeping through senior living facilities, Idaho officials adopted a strategy to try to avoid outbreaks. The plan was to transfer infected long-term care residents to special units designed just for COVID patients. 

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Idaho is preparing to vaccinate Latino farmworkers against COVID-19 while the state legislature confirms another lawmaker has tested positive for the disease. Plus, some new information about a complicated land swap proposal in McCall could make for an interesting land board meeting next week. Idaho Matters covers all this an more on this week's Friday Reporter Roundtable. 

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If you’re ready to visit public places in person again, the Idaho Historical Society has a new exhibit opening Saturday, celebrating the “Trailblazing Women of Idaho.” The exhibition illustrates the stories of more than 100 Idaho women — including 20 living trailblazers.

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Preliminary information from the investigation into the February 2 crash of an Idaho Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter shows inclimate weather and human factors contributed to the incident which killed all three pilots on board.

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State lawmakers kill budgets, moms protest after a House Republicans rejected an early education fund, and the City of Boise is easing up on COVID-19 restrictions for some gatherings. Idaho Matters gets the rundown on these topics and more on this week's Reporter Roundtable. 

Billions of dollars in federal small business aid was handed out last year, but many nonprofits were left out. As Troy Oppie reports, the latest round of the paycheck protection program is more inclusive but still doesn’t catch all of them.


Beginning October 1, you will need a current U.S. passport, military identification, or some other form of federally accepted ID to board a commercial airline flight or access a federal building. Idaho officials are urging as many people as possible to update their drivers license to a "star card" so they won't be caught flat-footed when the new federal regulation goes into effect.

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The Idaho Legislature is ramping up as bills begin getting approved by both chambers. Higher education budgets are on the docket next week at the statehouse, a discussion over vouchers for private schools continues and a Republican lawmaker is pushing for driver privledges for undocumented immigrants. Idaho Matters gets the rundown on these topics and more on this week's Reporter Roundtable. 

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The potential expansion of wolf trapping into Blaine County — where it has never been allowed before — has drawn criticism from local officials and concerns about an increase in pet injuries in the highly-recreated area.

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The Central District Health Board Friday downgraded COVID-19 protection orders for Ada and Valley counties from mandate to "strong recommendation." The board’s vote to change its health order was unanimous.

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State health officials report a man in southwest Idaho has tested positive for the South African variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. He is the first in the state to test positive for a concerning mutation. Another concerning variant originating in the UK was also found in Boise-area wastewater.

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Another week in Idaho politics and news means there's plenty to cover on the Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable. From legislative fights to explosive growth, housing and development in the Treasure Valley, plus education and COVID-19, there's plenty to cover. 

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A year into the pandemic, many of us have adjusted in little ways. We’ve grown more accustomed to the masks. We have largely mastered Zoom, even if we sometimes forget to hit “unmute.“

But we still miss a lot from our old lives, and after all this time, that’s become more acute.

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The law passed last year by the Idaho legislature banning transgender girls from public school girls sports remains on hold facing legal challenges, but that hasn’t scared lawmakers in other states from trying to pass their own versions of the same bill.