Law & Justice


Marsy's Law is back on the floor of the Idaho legislature after being voted down in the last two sessions. The proposal provides advocacy and protections for victims of crime but there is some concern that the wording might further compromise civil rights. Idaho Matters talks to the ACLU of Idaho and the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence about why they feel changes need to be made to the text.


The Idaho Black History Museum begins Black History Month with a dinner and presentation by University of Idaho associate vice president, Mike Satz. The discussion involves the use of the law to affect social engineering. Satz joins Idaho Matters with the museum's executive director, Phillip Thompson.

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The future of Idaho’s Medicaid expansion is now in the hands of the state Supreme Court.


LGBTQ+ Idahoans can legally be denied employment, services and housing as the state's Human Rights Act does not recognize sexual orientation or gender identity as protected rights. Multiple efforts have been made to write this acknowledgment into the act and they've failed in the statehouse. State Rep. Maryanne Jordan (D - Boise) has introduced a bill to "Add the Words" and she joins Idaho Matters to discuss the importance of recognizing these rights.


Idaho led the nation in civil rights policies in the early 1960s and we talk with Phillip Thompson of the Idaho Black History Museum about those policies and the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in inspiring the movement in the Gem State.  

Boise Students Organize Women's March

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The 2019 Women's March takes place on the Capitol on Saturday. Idaho Matters speaks with the march's organizers.

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This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could restore tribal hunting rights in Wyoming, which could affect tribes throughout our region.

Marsy's Law passed in California in 2008 to provide legal protections and access to information for victims of abuse. Eight other states have passed the law but in the last session, the bill fell short of passage in the Idaho legislature. Idaho Matters talks with victims' advocates about efforts to re-introduce the law.


The City of Pocatello could be liable for more than $20 million if a class-action lawsuit centering on utility fees proceeds.

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A man once deemed mentally unfit to stand trial for the death of his ex-wife has been cleared to face charges of murder, assault and kidnapping.

Association of State Correctional Administrators

In late November, Josh Tewalt was appointed by the Idaho Board of Correction to lead IDOC. He replaced Henry Atencio, who directed the department for 28 years. Tewalt joins Idaho Matters to discuss recent allegations about conditions in a Texas prison where Idaho inmates are serving time, the proposed $500 million prison expansion and the future of corrections in a state with a rapidly growing population.

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New Years is synonymous with champagne and parties. Ahead of Tuesday night’s myriad celebrations, AAA is reminding drivers to be mindful of how much of the festivities they partake in.

family advocates

Idaho guardian ad litem programs provide a voice to represent abused and neglected children. On Thursday's Idaho Matters, we look at the programs and the efforts to improve them.

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The American Civil Liberties Union national political director is in Boise to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the state's chapter. Faiz Shakir and Policy Director for the ACLU of Idaho Kathy Griesmyer join Gemma Gaudette to discuss legislative activity in the Gem State and beyond.  

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Planned Parenthood filed suit Friday morning against an Idaho law that restricts what kind of medical professionals can perform abortions. The group argues the state cannot restrict abortion services from advanced practice clinicians, such as nurse practitioners and midwives from conducting abortions.