Politics

Lewiston Rep. Von Ehlinger accused of unwanted sexual contact

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho legislative ethics committee is investigating reports that Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger had what he called “unconsented sexual contact” with an adult volunteer, a newspaper reported. Von Ehlinger, a Republican from Lewiston, denied the allegation, The…

Constitutional ban on legal marijuana dies in Idaho House

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment that would have prevented the legalization of marijuana and other drugs without the approval of two-thirds of the Idaho Legislature died in the House on Thursday. The legislation failed to attain the…

Slew of police reform bills headed to Gov. Jay Inslee's desk

SEATTLE (AP) — As Washington lawmakers began wrapping up their work on an ambitious package of police accountability legislation in the past week, reminders of the cause were not hard to come by. In Minneapolis, prosecutors were concluding their murder…

Washington Legislature approves Juneteenth as state holiday

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Legislature has passed a measure that makes Juneteenth a legal state holiday. The measure making June 19 a state paid holiday passed the Democratic-led Senate on a bipartisan 47-1 vote and now heads…

Washington Senate approves bill requiring “just cause” eviction

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has approved a measure that would require landlords to provide a valid reason for ending certain leases with tenants. The bill advanced out of the Democratic-led chamber Thursday on a 28-21 vote over Republican objections,…

Lawmaker panel advances two anti-abortion bills to Idaho Senate

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of Idaho lawmakers advanced two bills targeting abortion Wednesday. The first bill attempts to dissuade women from having abortions if the fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome. The other bill would eliminate government funding…

Idaho panel OKs plan to nullify federal actions, rulings

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho House panel on Tuesday approved legislation intended to give lawmakers veto power over federal government actions and federal court decisions. The House State Affairs Committee on a voice vote sent the bill to the…

Idaho Legislature has big to-do list after COVID-19 break

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A huge income tax cut and rebate, legislation to limit the governor’s authority during emergencies, and a proposed constitutional amendment allowing lawmakers to call themselves back into session all remain on the Legislature’s to-do list when…

North Idaho senator announces run for secretary of state

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A four-term northern Idaho Republican senator says she will run to become Idaho’s secretary of state. Sen. Mary Souza of Coeur d’Alene said Tuesday she’s been interested in the job for more than a decade.…

Gov. Little issues first veto of 2021 legislative session

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has issued his first veto of the 2021 legislative session, refusing to sign a bill involving the responsibilities of the chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission. Following Friday’s veto, the Republican…

Washington state OKs bill to give voting rights to parolees

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state lawmakers have voted to automatically restore voting rights to people who have been released from prison after committing felonies, even if they’re still on community supervision. With the support of majority Democrats, the state Senate…

Idaho Legislature shuts down due to COVID-19 outbreak

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Legislature voted Friday to shut down for several weeks due to an outbreak of COVID-19. Lawmakers in the House and Senate made the unprecedented move with significant unfinished business, including setting budgets and pushing…