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Your Guide To The 2013 Idaho Legislature


Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact

Idaho's Senate Chamber sits empty nine months out of the year. Lawmakers typically in session from Jan. until late March or early April.

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Idaho’s 2013 Legislature convened in Boise on January 7. We’ve put together a guide to the session, including ways to contact your lawmaker, how to get involved, and comprehensive information about the people elected to office.

The Basics

Exploring the Demographics of Idaho’s 2013 Legislature

What Lawmakers Are Saying

Before the start of the 2013 legislative session, we sat down with a few key lawmakers to discuss a handful of issues. We focused on three areas sure to be hot topics; education funding, economic development and taxes, and healthcare.

State of the State Address

Latest Posts

County Commissioner’s Response To Business Tax Resolution: Relief

The 2013 legislative session won’t wrap up tomorrow, as many hoped. But lawmakers have come to near-unanimous agreement on an issue we’ve tracked closely: the business personal property tax. A bill backed by the Idaho Association of Counties passed the Idaho Senate on Tuesday without opposition. I decided to follow up with Power County Commissioner Vicki […]

Could A “Third Option” Make Medicaid Expansion More Palatable In Idaho?

In total, Idaho lawmakers took more than 15 hours of floor debate this legislative session to determine that Idaho should create a state-based health insurance exchange. It was an act of compliance with the federal health care law that raised the hackles of many conservative Idaho lawmakers. The law’s optional Medicaid expansion — which by some […]

Last-Minute Push For Medicaid Expansion Fails In House Committee

House Minority Leader John Rusche (D-Lewiston) this morning made an unorthodox push for action on a pair of bills that would expand Medicaid eligibility in Idaho and do away with the state’s catastrophic healthcare fund. As the Idaho Statesman‘s Dan Popkey writes: House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, took the rare step of using a parliamentary […]

Personal Property Tax Bill Keeps Its Quick Pace Through The Idaho Legislature

After minimal discussion, the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee gave unanimous approval to the personal property tax proposal that sailed through the House early this week. Chairman Jeff Siddoway (R-Rexburg) noted, to laughter, that all of those signed up to testify on the bill were in favor of it. “As I look through the […]

House Passes Tax Cut For Idaho Businesses

A fast-tracked bill that would repeal the personal property tax for nearly 90 percent of Idaho businesses passed the House 67-2 the same day it was unanimously pushed through committee. Representatives Shirley Ringo (D-Latah) and John Gannon (D-Boise) cast the only votes against the measure. Rep. Gannon said he couldn’t support the bill because $20 […]

Updated: Lawmakers Get Behind Partial Repeal Of Idaho’s Personal Property Tax

Updated: The House will debate a personal property tax bill, HB 315, at 3:30 this afternoon, according to reports. The bill was introduced yesterday in the House Ways & Means Committee and won unanimous support in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee this morning. A personal property tax bill supported by the Idaho Association of […]

Idaho Counties Introduce Expanded Business Tax Exemption Plan

A new personal property tax bill from the Idaho Association of Counties was introduced in the House Ways & Means Committee Monday afternoon. This bill broadens the business personal property tax exemptions that would be granted under the Association of Counties’ existing bill, which was introduced the week before last. The new bill would exempt […]

Medicaid Expansion Could Mean Greater Benefit To Idaho Budgets Than First Estimated

Consulting group Milliman this afternoon will tell Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s Medicaid work group that Idaho could save more money than previously estimated by expanding Medicaid eligibility. The Medicaid expansion is a key component of the federal Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the law’s constitutionality gave […]

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