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The Idaho House has concurred with the Senate and voted to ban assisted suicide in Idaho. The measure, Senate Bill 1070, passed the House 61-8.  It now heads to Gov. Butch Otter’s desk for consideration. Idaho hasn’t necessarily had a problem with assisted-suicide in recent history, but one of the sponsors of the bill, Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, said the…

Idaho doesn’t have any laws preventing doctor-assisted suicide, but that could soon change.  Members of the House State Affairs Committee voted 18-0 to approve a ban on the practice. The measure, a plan proposed by David Ripley of Idaho Chooses Life, a Boise-based pro-life group, has already passed the Idaho Senate and now moves on to the House floor for…

Idaho lawmakers approved legislation that could encourage doctors to tell state officials when their patients shouldn't be on the road. The law, backed by the Idaho Medical Association which represents doctors, would shield doctors from retribution, including potential lawsuits or discipline from a professional board, if they tell the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to suspend someone's license. The Idaho Senate…

The House Commerce Committee killed a bill Tuesday that would have given the state government the power to regulate wording on doctors’ name badges and advertisements. The vote came down along party lines, with Republicans opposing it and Democrats supporting it. Molly Steckel, lobbyist for the Idaho Medical Association, told committee members that with more treatment options available each day,…

Idaho state lawmakers are looking to make it a felony to help someone commit suicide. The move is intended to ward off efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide, including for people with terminal illnesses. Washington and Oregon have similar laws on the books, while Montana lawmakers are weighing whether to follow a court ruling that such practice is legal. Sen. Russ…

The Idaho Medical Association (IMA), which represents doctors across the state, is endorsing Congressman Walt Minnick in his re-election bid. “He consistently reflects the values of his constituents and has shown the courage to vote accordingly,” said IMA CEO Susie Pouliot in a news release. "I know this has been a tumultuous year for Idaho physicians," Minnick said.  "But they…

The Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday approved legislation that could shield physicians from lawsuits, disciplinary procedures, or other formal complaints if they act in good faith in recommending that a patient should not be driving. Doctors can assist families struggling to get elderly drivers to give up their keys, according to Idaho Medical Association CEO Susie Pouliot. “Having somebody from outside…

Idaho lawmakers are trying to improve the state’s low vaccination rate by switching the state’s immunization database from an opt-in system, in which parents sign up for the program, to an opt-out, in which parents would have to sign a form to avoid being part of the database. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee Tuesday approved the switch from opt-in…