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Gov. Butch Otter has announced the 19 members of Idaho’s Health Insurance Exchange Board, the group that will set the rules and regulations for implementing Idaho’s state-based insurance exchange. The board includes three current members of the Idaho Legislature: Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell, House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, and Rep. Kelly Packer, R-McCammon. “I’m grateful that people with the…

The office of Gov. Butch Otter has forwarded a statement from Idaho’s Bureau of Homeland Security, in light of the bombings in Boston, Mass., Monday afternoon. “Idaho’s emergency management and law enforcement community are coordinating with each other and sharing information with authorities in regard to the event in Boston,” said the statement. At approximately 2:50 p.m. Eastern time, two…

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[post_thumbnail]Sen. Marv Hagedorn was the sponsor of a school safety enhancement bill that failed in the House. The Idaho Senate and the House of Representatives failed to pass a bill this session that it sponsor said would enhance school safety. Yet despite the legislative inaction, leaders at some of Idaho’s local school districts remain confident in their ability to provide…

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[post_thumbnail]Rep. Branden Durst supports Gov. Otter's veto decision. Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed a bill that sought to divert funds from sportsman’s access programs in the state, and to place those funds into other programs that would protect people and property against wild wolves. “We all recognize that wolves have had extreme impacts on people and livestock in Idaho,” Otter…

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[post_thumbnail]Rep. Mike Moyle does not believe a special session to explore Medicaid expansion will happen. Gov. Butch Otter said in January that he believes the state’s Medicaid program was “broken,” and that he did not intend to seek expansion of the program this year. Yet despite his expressed his intentions, an expansion effort was undertaken in the House of Representatives…

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[post_thumbnail]New York Times stands by information cited in Obamacare article, HHS says it's factually inaccurate. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is denying a report in the New York Times (Times) about new federal health care regulations, and is also denying that the news has implications for Idaho. On April 5, IdahoReporter.com published a story that cited…

Sen. Grant Burgyone, D-Boise, wonder if an Idaho agency is bungling the sell-off of important assets.

[post_thumbnail]Rep. Grant Burgoyne, shown above on the House floor, says the ACA does not replace insurance agents with navigators. With Gov. Butch Otter set to announce the formation of a panel to oversee the creation of his new government-run state insurance exchange program, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed new rules…

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[post_thumbnail]Sen. Steve Thayn says he regrets that Idaho chose to implement a state exchange. The Obama administration has announced that it will be unable to meet its own deadline for creating a new insurance marketplace intended specifically for small business owners, and has chosen to delay implementation of the program. The news has elicited both concern and uncertainty from legislators…

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[post_thumbnail]Sen. Dean Cameron presents education bill on the Senate floor. The Idaho Legislature Thursday passed a bill to fund the state’s K-12 public schools for the 2013-14 school year. Senate Bill 1200, legislation that serves as the funding companion to a bill approved Wednesday dealing with education policy and program legislation, passed in both the Senate and the House as…

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[post_thumbnail]Tom Luna, state superintendent of public instruction, was a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1199. The Idaho Legislature has approved an educational policy bill that will serve as a springboard to a K-12 budget bill that should signal the end of the current legislative session. Senate Bill 1199 passed Wednesday in both the Senate and the House. It is a bill…