Politics & Government

Stories about politics, policy, and how government works.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

The Office of Government Ethics just released guidelines for federal employees during government shutdowns, about three weeks after the government reopened.


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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

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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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Last year, it looked like Idaho could have been in line for a third congressional representative and another vote in the Electoral College. But new projections are casting doubt.

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Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

Over the past several months, two proposals that have been on Boise City Council’s radar are a replacement for the Main Library and a sports park that would be built downtown.



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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

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.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

It’s been a very emotional week at the Idaho Legislature as lawmakers argued, debated and walked out of a hearing over the heated topic of redistricting.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

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

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

In the 2018 midterms voters in the deeply conservative states of Idaho and Utah went against their Republican controlled legislatures on healthcare. They both voted yes on initiatives to expand Medicaid under Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

But it didn’t end there. Republicans in both Capitols pushed back.

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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.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

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

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Eric Oliver is looking to buy his first home with his partner and their cat Cecil. But he says looking through online listings in Boise is like torture.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

On Monday, AARP Idaho advocates in red shirts plan to urge lawmakers at the Capitol not to tinker with a measure that will expand healthcare access for Idahoans. It’s part of a lobby day the group does each year to discuss issues that affect older folks.



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

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

An Idaho Republican is introducing a constitutional amendment that would make legislative redistricting more partisan.