Senate adds $107 million in tax hikes to transportation bill, sends to House

Dustin Hurst Headlines

Members of the Idaho Senate added $107 million in gas taxes hikes and registration fee increases to a House bill to fund upkeep of roads and bridges across the state. After amending the plan, the Senate cleared the bill on a 22 to 13 vote. In total, the measure would mean $127 million a year out of taxpayers’ pockets if …

Senate could seek as much as $170 million in tax and fee hikes

Dustin Hurst Headlines

The Idaho Senate could seek as much as $170 million in tax and fee hikes to fund Idaho road and bridge repair, according to a document sent to IdahoReporter.com Thursday. The package, still in the works, could include a 7-cent gas tax hike, a new auto insurance premium tax and increases to auto and truck registration fees, plus some sort …

Complete rewrites doom naturopath regulation measure

Dustin Hurst Headlines

A bill to set regulations for naturopathic physicians and some chiropractors using natural healing techniques died Monday, likely a victim of Senate rewrites. House Bill 181 served as one of the most contentious and complex pieces of legislation in the 2015 session. After winning passage in the House, the plan came to the Senate for a three-hour hearing, plus several …

Idaho will keep minimum hours mandate for auto dealers

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines

By Harvey Breaux and Dustin Hurst | IdahoReporter.com Small-time auto dealers will need to keep their doors open at least 20 hours each week after a Senate panel killed legislation to repeal the mandate. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Kelley Packer, R-McCammon, would have allowed small auto dealers to post their phone numbers on their place of business instead of …

GOP’s underage indoor tan ban on its way to Otter’s desk

Dustin Hurst Headlines

Gov. Butch Otter will soon decide if Idaho will ban indoor tanning for youth under the age of 14. The Idaho Senate approved the ban bill Thursday after its lead sponsor, Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, said the measure would protect Gem State youth from cancer. “The science is there,” Hagedorn said. “The science supports this.” The bill lumps indoor tanning …