Republican anti-tanning plan clears the House, moves to friendly Senate

March 03, 2015 Dustin Hurst

A Republican-backed plan to ban youth under the age of 14 from entering indoor tanning booths cleared the Idaho House Tuesday, and now hits the Senate for consideration. The measure, written by Reps. John Vander Woude, R-Nampa, and Fred Wood, R-Burley, cleared the chamber on a 47 to 23 tally. Vander…

Budget-writers introduce federal funding accountability plan

March 03, 2015 Dustin Hurst

A new bill introduced Tuesday by the Legislature’s budget committee would help Idaho plan for large-scale federal funding cuts, plus add predictability for spending plans. The Joint Finance Appropriations-Finance Committee introduced legislation Tuesday to require state agencies to report federal dollars and grants to the Legislature on an annual…

Tesla adds Idaho lobbyist, prepares for battle with auto dealers

March 02, 2015 Dustin Hurst

Upstart auto maker Telsa is officially in the game here in the Idaho Capitol after the company registered a lobbyist with the secretary of state’s office last week. Amy Lombardo, an attorney for Parsons, Behle & Latimer, registered on Tesla’s behalf Feb. 26, just one day after the Idaho…

Netflix tax hike, worth up to $1.5 million, could soon fall

March 02, 2015 Dustin Hurst

A tax on streaming subscription services like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and Spotify could soon fall if one lobbyist has his way. Members of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee introduced legislation Monday morning to end the state’s tax on these services after approving the levy earlier this year. If lawmakers…

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