Coeur d’Alene lobbying to kill Uber bill

Dustin Hurst Headlines

An email from a Coeur d’Alene administrator reveals the city is actively working to kill a bill to yank regulation for companies like Uber and Lyft from local governments. Former state Sen. Jim Hammond, now the city manager for Coeur d’Alene, messaged a handful of north Idaho senators last week asking them to kill the legislation. “Please hold HB 262,” …

Texting while driving bill heads to governor for consideration

Mitch Coffman Headlines

After weeks of hearing testimony, going through the amending order and listening to strong debate in both the Senate and House, Senate Bill 1274, which would make texting while driving illegal, passed the Senate on Friday on a 29-5 vote. It passed with little fanfare, as legislators have heard the arguments from both sides for weeks. The bill now heads …

Senate approves mandate for ultrasounds before having an abortion

Mitch Coffman Headlines

After nearly two hours of debate and strong emotions, the Senate Monday voted 23-12 in favor of Senate Bill 1387, which would require women to have an ultrasound before terminating a pregnancy. The legislation now moves to the House for consideration. Much of the debate focused on victims of rape and incest, which is a common debate theme for those …

Legislative filings will bring colossal change to the Idaho Capitol

Dustin Hurst Headlines

Turnover is the name of the game in coming elections. Filing period for legislative offices closed Friday and though there are more than 300 contestants vying for 105 seats, there is one constant: There will be a lot of new faces in the Idaho Capitol come 2013. Before elections even take place, the House and Senate will lose members due …

After a week of candidate filings, few surprises and a slew of retirements

Dustin Hurst Headlines

Idaho’s filing period is a week old and there are few surprises and a number of legislator retirements that could turn leadership, at least in the House of Representatives, on its head. Though there have been few shocking filings or non-filings, with one week left for candidates to declare their intentions, there’s still plenty of time for anything to happen. …

Anti-texting bill passes House committee, heads to amending order

Mitch Coffman Headlines

After several years of trying to pass an anti-texting bill, the Idaho Legislature is one step closer to doing so. But it is a big step, centering on the right of first responders to text. Senate Bill 1274 was heard in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday and it passed unanimously. It will now head to the House floor, with …