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A few weeks ago, Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, blocked a bill to end legislative pension-spiking by former lawmakers. The bill, brought by Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, would have essentially prevented legislators spiking their taxpayer-funded pensions by taking high-paying state jobs after lengthy careers in the Idaho Capitol. The bill was heard by the House State Affairs Committee early…

Rising costs in the health insurance industry moved to the forefront before one committee in the Idaho Legislature Wednesday with discussion on a proposal to open up the Idaho market to insurance providers from out of state. Rep. Julie Ellsworth, R-Boise, introduced House Bill 587 to the House Business Committee on Wednesday that would allow insurance companies from other states…

On Monday, the House Business Committee squashed a bill that would allow the Idaho Department of Insurance (DOI) to review health insurance carrier rate increases and deem them too high or low. The measure was killed on a 6-9 vote over concerns that it would cede state lawmaking authority and that the review process releases too much information to a…

As he did during the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, has brought a bill to end legislative pension-spiking, a practice that costs taxpayers thousands of dollars each year. Lake introduced the bill late in the 2011 session, but it never received a hearing because some lawmakers thought the bill would have unintended consequences. The new version of the…

Bill to prevent legislative pension-spiking killed, but more discussion may come next year In the final weeks of the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, introduced a bill to prevent state legislators from spiking their taxpayer-funded pensions after long careers in the Idaho Capitol. The bill was introduced but never received a formal hearing in the House State Affairs…

Lawmakers writing the state budget approved rewriting the Idaho Department of Insurance budget to strip $2.5 million coming from federal health care reforms. Spending that federal money had been approved by the Idaho Senate, but didn't have support among House Republicans. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) approved a new budget for the Department of Insurance that includes spending $500,000 from…

Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, has introduced a bill to prevent state lawmakers from spiking their state-funded pensions at the end of long legislative careers. Lake told members of the House State Affairs Committee Monday that the measure is a “good government” bill that will treat all elected officials equally. Members of the committee agreed and introduced the bill with unanimous…