35-34: House passes bill imposing more restrictions on payday lenders

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines, Uncategorized

[post_thumbnail] Rep, Julie VanOrden, R-Pingree, presented a bill to the full House imposing more restrictions on payday loans. The Idaho House Monday narrowly passed a measure intended to expand regulations on the state’s payday lenders. Senate Bill 1314, which was approved in the Senate earlier this, passed by a vote of 35 to 34. Should it become law, the bill …

House approves measure expanding authority of state’s insurance department

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines, Uncategorized

[post_thumbnail]Rep. Rick Youngblood, R-Nampa, argued in favor of a bill expanding the authority of the Idaho Department of Insurance. The Idaho House of Representatives has approved legislation that would expand the authority of the Idaho Department of Insurance (DOI) by enabling the department to impose regulatory controls over the sale of products that, according to some of the bill’s critics, …

Constituents left in the dark when lawmakers use the amending order

Dustin Hurst Headlines, Uncategorized

[post_thumbnail]Stationary cameras positioned throughout the Capitol are trained front and center on the rostrums in the House and the Senate chambers to prevent viewers from knowing who voted for what. At a critical time when legislative bills are sliced, diced and put back together, many Idahoans are left in the dark as to what their state lawmakers are doing. Though …

Patriot Academy emphasizes Constitution, Bill of Rights in crafting legislation

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines, Uncategorized

[post_thumbnail] Mock legislators Elijah Jensen, Elizabeth Harris and Domenic Gelsomino listen to mock legislation being presented to Patriot Academy participants. A group of Idaho students completed four days of intensive learning at the state Capitol Friday, as the Texas-based Patriot Academy concluded what supporters hope is an annual summer education event. “This has been great,” said Elizabeth Dixon, an undergraduate …

Librarians to assist with implementation of Obamacare in Idaho

Dustin Hurst Headlines, Uncategorized

[post_thumbnail] Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, does not believe Idaho librarians should be assisting with implementation of Obamacare in Idaho. They understand the Dewey Decimal system, so why not a massive health care overhaul? Late last month, reports revealed that the White House has turned to librarians for help in rolling out President Barack Obama’s health care reform, known as …

Senate OKs measure for enhanced permit for concealed weapons

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines

The Idaho Senate Monday unanimously approved legislation that will allow for the creation of a new, and enhanced, concealed weapons permit in the state. After Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, presented the bill Monday morning before the full Senate, and with no debate over it, the Senate unanimously approved the measure 35-0. “We anticipate reciprocity in about 40 other states,” said …