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Gov. Otter vetoes 2 state employee benefit bills

Mar 28th, 2017 | By
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Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter speaks to reporters about the upcoming 2016 legislative session at the State Capitol building on Thursday in Boise. The new session begins Monday.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has vetoed his first pieces of legislation of sent to him by the Legislature. On Friday, Otter nixed a proposal requiring the state to offer state employee health insurance plans that utilize health savings accounts, or HSAs. Otter criticized the bill for having too many complications, arguing
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Retailers Ask House to ‘Close the Book’ on Obamacare by Passing Repeal-and-Replace Legislation

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
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By The National Retail Federation Commentary WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation today urged the House to approve Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation expected to come up for a vote this week, and said the issue would be counted as a key vote in its annual voting scorecard. “It is time now to finally close the book
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Otter: Modernize oil and gas laws and protect landowner rights

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
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  By Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and House Speaker Scott Bedke Legislation working its way through the Capitol in the 2017 session’s waning days would provide Idaho, as a relatively new producer of oil and gas, with the protections and expertise it needs to safely and responsibly nurture and regulate this emerging industry. House Bill
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No opioids, please: Clearing the way to refuse prescriptions

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
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By Susan Haigh/Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The ease of relapsing into opioid addiction has led a growing number of states to help residents make it clear to medical professionals they do not want to be prescribed the powerful painkillers. Connecticut and Alaska are two of the latest considering legislation this year that would
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Student Community Center opens at ISU’s College of Business

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
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By Idaho State University Communications POCATELLO — A ribbon-cutting Wednesday marked the grand opening of Idaho State University College of Business’s new Student Community Center in the Business Administration building. The idea for the Student Community Center was originally created based on student requests. “At the end of each semester, we hold a focus group
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GOP health law could impact Idaho exchange enrollment

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
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By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A plan from congressional Republicans to replace President Barack Obama’s health care law could result in a mass exodus from the Idaho’s online health insurance exchange, state officials said Friday. Almost 60,000 Idahoans could leave the exchange by 2020 under the new proposal due to the loss
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Public schools budget easily passes Idaho House

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
A bicyclist rides in front of the Idaho Capitol in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s public schools funding proposal for fiscal year 2018 — the largest share of the state’s budget — has cleared the Idaho House. Lawmakers voted on the nearly $1.7 billion budget Monday in just under 30 minutes after no members stood up to debate or question details about the funding proposal.
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UofI law school in Boise on track

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

By Shannon Quinn, Moscow-Pullman Daily News MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — The University of Idaho College of Law’s efforts to begin a first-year law program in Boise have come to fruition, after the American Bar Association gave the plan its seal of approval this week, the UI announced Wednesday. Mark Adams, dean of the Menard College
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Idaho lawmakers introduce new health care plan

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho House legislative leaders have introduced a last-minute health care plan to provide basic services the state’s neediest population. The plan has three main features. First, it would launch a new program for uninsured Idahoans or for those Medicaid to receive to receive coordinated care services. Second, hospitals would be directed
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Where’s the line? Theme parks aiming to eliminate them

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
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By Mike Schneider/Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — At Universal Orlando Resort’s new “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barber shop quartet sing until it’s time to enter the ride. Universal is leading the theme-park charge into “virtual
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