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The Idaho Legislature approved letting the Idaho State Police (ISP) and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) receive a small share of the state gas tax. The Idaho Senate approved the plan Thursday on a 31-0 vote, though supporters admitted the funding plan isn't ideal. “What this bill does is the art of the possible,” said Sen. Dean Cameron,…

After Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian Ness wrapped up an annual report presentation in a joint meeting of the House and Senate transportation committees, Rep. Marv Hagedorn stuck him with a question for which he had no answer. Following the report, which focused on the agency's efforts to improve efficiency and accountability, Hagedorn, R-Meridian, asked the director what happened with…

As the first of potentially hundreds of mega-loads rolls from Lewiston to Lolo Pass, a Republican lawmaker is preparing to introduce legislation to make it harder for companies to get mega-load permits. Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, said he will introduce legislation next week calling for the permit process to include public hearings. Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Director Brian Ness allowed…

An effort to ban texting while driving failed in the final hours of the 2010 Idaho legislative session, but that plan is back before lawmakers.  However, some lawmakers are working on a revised version of the ban that could get enough votes this year. Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise, who backed the texting ban last year, brought back last year’s version…

Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, the president pro-tem of the Senate, says the Legislature should look at restructuring the Idaho Tax Commission to make the agency more transparent. Hill doesn't think there's anything fishy about past settlements approved by commissioners that Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, says were sweetheart deals for powerful taxpayers, like multi-state corporations. The breaks have cost citizens around…

With a busted bank account, the Idaho Transportation Board is looking to borrow $162 million for projects to make it easier to motor between Boise and Canyon County and around north Idaho. About half the money  the board is requesting of the Legislature in 2011 through the Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) program would pay for construction of a new…

Republicans and Democrats in the Idaho Senate chose new leaders for the next legislative session, with only one of the seven top officers staying the same. Both parties chose lawmakers from southeast Idaho for their top spot. Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, will be the new Senate president pro tem while Sen. Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello, will be the new Senate minority…