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Idaho Senate approves constitutional ban on legal marijuana

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Expressing firm opposition to dozens of states that have legalized marijuana in recent years, the Idaho Senate on Wednesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit the legalization of pot and other psychoactive drugs in…

Idaho lawmakers have not yet approved spending $900M in aid

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho state lawmakers in a power struggle with Republican Gov. Brad Little say they should have been called back into session last year to distribute the $1.25 billion in coronavirus rescue money that Little doled out.…

Senate committee approves open carry ban at Capitol, rallies

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Senate committee on Thursday approved a measure that would ban the open carry of guns and other weapons on the Capitol campus and at or near any permitted public demonstration across Washington state. The measure passed the…

Bill proposes banning conversion therapy in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho -- An Idaho representative has put forward a bill with the hope of banning conversion therapy in the state of Idaho. House Bill 52, filed by Rep. John McCrostie (D-Garden City), aims to protect LGBTQ young people from…

Idaho lawmakers want investment money out of Twitter, others

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of conservative Idaho lawmakers is asking managers of the state’s employee retirement system to divest in tech companies the lawmakers say don’t value free speech. The 22 Republican lawmakers and Republican Lt. Gov. Janice…

Ex-Idaho House speakers blast lawmakers over power struggle

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two former Republican speakers of the Idaho House took the unusual step of releasing a letter Wednesday blasting the Republican-dominated Legislature for its attempts to strip GOP Gov. Brad Little and future governors of emergency powers…

Washington considers open carry ban at demonstrations

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Capitol campus and at or near any public demonstration across Washington under a measure that received a remote public hearing Tuesday, with proponents…

Biden plans to reopen Obamacare enrollment

President Joe Biden is expected to reopen enrollment on the federal Affordable Care Act exchanges on Thursday as part of a series of executive actions related to health care, taking a step to help uninsured Americans that his predecessor rejected.…

Senators sworn in for Trump impeachment trial

Senators were sworn in for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on Tuesday amid an immediate challenge to the constitutionality of the trial from a Republican ally of the former President. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said…

Lawsuit seeks reopening of Washington state Capitol grounds

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington man filed a lawsuit demanding the restoration of public access to the state Capitol and surrounding grounds. Tyler Miller’s lawsuit seeks a court order for the state to remove temporary chain link fences around…

Head of state employment agency to join Biden administration

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine, who came under fire for delays in unemployment benefit payments and the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars to fraud during the pandemic, is leaving her position to join…

Washington state introduces bill to increase state gas tax

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers in Washington state have introduced legislation that could increase the state gas tax, making it the highest in the country at 67.4 cents a gallon. The proposal calls for a 18-cent increase a gallon in…

Bill to expand sports gambling introduced in Legislature

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bill to expand sports gambling in Washington state beyond Indian casinos and into privately-owned card rooms has been introduced in the state Legislature for the second consecutive year. The Senate bill seeks to expand sports…

Senate impeachment trial arguments to start February 9

The second Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is scheduled to begin on February 9 after Senate leaders reached a deal to push it back, giving Trump's legal team more time to prepare and Senate Democrats a chance…

Idaho House OKs plan to let lawmakers call special sessions

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself into a special session passed the House on Thursday and is headed to the Senate. With a 51-18 vote, the House mustered the two-thirds threshold…