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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…

Despite student walkouts across the state and much testimony against the plan, the House Education Committee approved two pieces of Superintendent Tom Luna's education reform package Thursday. Members of the committee heard several hours of testimony on the plans in the last three days and finished up with a five-hour hearing Thursday morning. First up before the panel was Senate…

The Idaho House has cleared two bills limiting some wage-related activities by public labor unions in Idaho and they are now on the way to the governor's desk. Lawmakers voted 55-14 to approve Senate Bill 1006, aimed at Public Labor Agreements (PLAs).  Senate Bill 1007, which prevents unions using special money to subsidize certain companies in order to underbid non-union…

Members of the Idaho House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that would essentially cancel out 2010 federal health care reforms within the border of the Gem State. After more than an hour and a half of debate on the issue, legislators voted 49-20 to approve the measure, with six Republicans joining with all Democrats in opposition. Floor sponsor Rep.…

Republican members of the House Transportation and Defense Committee don't want to hear anything more about an idea to make it tougher for companies to get permits to haul megaloads. On Monday, the committee killed Moscow Republican Rep. Tom Trail's would-be bill calling for the permit process to include public hearings. In the case of the Conoco loads, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)…

Key legislators on both sides of the aisle say a repeal of certain sales tax exemptions won't be seriously considered this session, but the House Revenue and Taxation Committee has printed a bill calling for a slew of exemptions on products and services to be done away with. The bill, H0069, sponsored by Reps. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, and Tom Trail,…

Rex Rammell ran for the U.S. Senate in 2008 as an Independent and only won about 3 percent of the total.  He fared much better in 2010's Republican gubernatorial primary, where he received 26 percent of the vote against incumbent Gov. Butch Otter.  Rammell, in an interview withIdahoReporter.com, says that he is considering a run for the Idaho Legislature, though…

Idaho lawmakers finished their session less than a week ago, but one member already wants them to come back to the Capitol to find more money for education by changing the state sales tax.  Moscow Republican Rep. Tom Trail wants a special session of the Legislature to look at expanding the state sales tax to services that go untaxed and…