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[post_thumbnail]Richard Armstrong, director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, outlined an plan in Arkansas dealing with Medicaid eligibles. He made his presentation to a legislative health care task force. The Idaho Legislature Health Care Task Force heard testimony Monday about an Arkansas plan dealing with Medicaid expansion. While unique, the plan drew plenty of questions from skeptical lawmakers.…

Last year, backers of a massive Idaho cigarette tax hike couldn’t garner a hearing for their measure, seeing no support for the idea. This year, those same sponsors got the hearing they desired, but not the hoped-for outcome for their $50 million annual cigarette tax increase. Before a standing-room-only crowd, members of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted 11-5…

Though nothing changed in the leadership for House Republicans, plenty of committees and chairmanships were shuffled around Thursday as representatives prepared for the 2011 session, set to begin Jan. 11. Leadership only had one vacancy to fill; the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee, held by Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, until his retirement this year.  Only one chairman who headed…

Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, isn't money hungry, but he thinks other lawmakers may be. Lake, chairman of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, made waves in Idaho politics a few weeks ago when he said he would allow a hearing for a bill that would increase the tax on cigarettes in Idaho up to $1.50. The Blackfoot Republican told IdahoReporter.com Wednesday…

One early hurdle for Idaho lawmakers in 2010 will be finding millions of dollars for the state’s childhood immunization program. Funding is set to run out at the end of January, though lawmakers working closely on the issue say temporary money should be found soon and a more permanent source—likely insurance companies—should be in place by July. Idaho has some…