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After lengthy debate on the House floor Thursday, representatives voted 49-20 to pass a $35 million tax cut, a move proponents says will enhance job creation. Critics of the legislation, however, argued the bill irresponsibly cuts revenues when critical government services lack appropriate funding. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, the lead sponsor of the proposal, said the measure would…

In a surprise move before the end the 2011 legislative session, House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, announced some shakeups in committee chairmanships, changes that came from voting lapses by two representatives. Denney removed Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, as head of the House Agricultural Affairs Committee, and Rep. Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls, as head of the House Transportation Committee.  Trail has…

Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, started the 2011 legislative session as just another member of the House Transportation Committee, but that's not how he will end it. In a surprise move Thursday, as the Legislature finished its business for the year, Palmer was selected as chair of the committee.  House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, announced the change after lawmakers finished voting…

Idaho voters going to the polls in early 2012 could face some changes in the way they choose candidates in party elections. Members of the Idaho House  and Senate have approved a measure that would essentially close future primary elections.  Members of the House voted 51-16 to approve the bill.  GOP Reps. Tom Trail of Moscow, Leon Smith of Twin…

Members of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee killed a measure Wednesday aimed at encouraging Idahoans to pay their  share of sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Julie Ellsworth, R-Boise, would have made several changes to income tax forms, including putting bold wording around theuse tax box, which is used to report taxes…

The Idaho House has passed a measure that will prevent companies carrying large loads through the state of Idaho from being sued by those with objections to the process. The bill centers on last year’s megaload controversy, in which large oil companies battled environmentalists over the ability to haul large loads through Highway 12 in central Idaho. The Idaho Transportation…

It took them nearly three-and-half hours to do it, but House Republicans finally pushed through a plan that would drastically alter teacher working conditions and contract negotiations. The legislation, Senate Bill 1108, removes collective bargaining privileges for teachers, phases out continuing contracts for teachers and replaces them with rolling two-year agreements, eliminates seniority as a factor in teacher layoff decisions,…

Lawmakers in the Idaho House voted to approve several measures designed to bring more transparency and oversight into urban renewal in the Gem State, but not all the bills gained favor with legislators. Representatives approved four of the six reform measure that came before them Tuesday on the House floor. The first to gain approval was House Bill 95, sponsored…

The Republican leaders of the Idaho House and Senate Transportation Committees don't see eye to eye on the state program that borrows money for several road construction projects, with future road money from the federal government footing the bill for years to come. The Idaho Transportation Department wants to spend $162 million on the Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) in…

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