BOISE — A bill to make some changes to Idaho's law regulating drones, including under what circumstances police can use them, was introduced into the Legislature on Tuesday.

BOISE — A bill to double the amount of sales tax revenue that goes into a fund that finances road projects that relieve congestion is headed to the full House.

BOISE — Three weeks into the 2020 legislative session, the Idaho House and Senate continue to search for an acceptable resolution to their administrative rules dispute.

BOISE — A bill to make some changes to the state law regulating prison inmate labor has been introduced into the Idaho House.

BOISE — A joint memorial asking the federal government to speed up the permitting process for a new phosphate mine in southeastern Idaho is headed to the full House.

BOISE — Three years into an ambitious 10-year plan to reduce Idaho’s physician shortage by increasing residencies for newly trained doctors in the state, Idaho’s risen from 49th in the nation for primary care doctors per capita to 45th.

BOISE — Police chiefs from across the state of Idaho joined with insurance interests, motorcycle groups, Sen. Chuck Winder and more on Thursday to back a proposed new statewide hands-free law for drivers.

POCATELLO — Congressmen Mike Simpson explained his case against impeaching President Donald Trump following a press conference Thursday. He called the effort to impeach Trump “a sham” and said he thought the accusations brought against the president didn’t rise to the level of impeachable offenses.

POCATELLO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers and Congressman Mike Simpson announced a long-anticipated change to environmental regulations Thursday at Holt Arena amid a backdrop of tractors and combines for an agricultural equipment trade show.

BOISE — The Idaho Legislature is fast-tracking a resolution commemorating the history of the Bonneville Hotel in Idaho Falls, hoping to have it in place in time for an opening ceremony at the newly renovated downtown landmark next week.

BOISE — A proposed constitutional amendment that would let police officers make arrests without a warrant, based on probable cause, for crimes committed outside their presence was introduced into the Idaho Legislature Wednesday.

BOISE — A local lawmaker plans to introduce a resolution supporting the use of Native American symbols by schools and other groups and discouraging their removal absent “a careful and effective public process.”

BOISE — Several law enforcement groups said Wednesday that they oppose a Democratic senator’s proposal to decriminalize drug use under certain circumstances while creating a mechanism to force some users into treatment.

BOISE — Idaho State University is asking for a fairly flat budget next year.

BOISE — Several bills were introduced in the House Transportation Committee today, including a fee hike on people registering new vehicles and a local lawmaker’s bill to put some new limits on towing/ticketing companies that enforce parking violations.

BOISE — Idahoans who want to vote in this year’s presidential primary may want to check now to make sure they’re registered with their party of choice.

BOISE — Getting to work every day and caring for children can prove dangerous for many undocumented people in rural Idaho who drive without a license. In the session’s first week, it appeared the Legislature would discuss a bill that would allow undocumented people to apply for a license, bu…

BOISE — The state treasurer’s office stopped doing business with Sunwest Bank last fall, with Treasurer Julie Ellsworth accusing an influential lawmaker who works there of using his position to try to get more business.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts presiding.

BOISE — All three branches of Idaho’s state government need to join together to “chart a new course forward” on dealing with the mentally ill, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Burdick told lawmakers on Wednesday.

BOISE — Idaho’s famous potatoes helped turn McDonald’s into a global fast-food franchise, but can they unite the partisan warriors in Congress?

BOISE — A joint memorial was introduced into the Legislature Wednesday urging the federal government to speed up the permitting process for an eastern Idaho mining company.

BOISE — Gov. Brad Little’s budget proposals for Idaho’s prison system for next year drew a strongly supportive reaction from the Legislature’s joint budget committee on Tuesday, even though he’s proposing a 12.1 percent increase in corrections spending — three times the increase being propos…

BOISE — The Department of Health and Welfare’s rules have mostly been reapproved, although not without some controversy and a couple of attempts to remove some rules dealing with vaccinations and child protective services investigations.

BOISE — When state Treasurer Julie Ellsworth went before lawmakers for her budget hearing last week, Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, said, “I don’t see in here anything about the litigation costs. Without getting into the pros and cons of litigation between entities, can you give us an estimate …

BOISE — With the very first agency budget hearing that state lawmakers held this year, they learned that Idaho’s $7.25 an hour minimum wage — unchanged for more than a decade — is becoming an issue for some crucial state services as neighboring states continue to increase their minimums.

BOISE — A panel of experts and advocates is set to discuss whether to limit a faith-healing religious exemption in Idaho, one of few states that shields practicing adherents from civil or criminal prosecution when their child dies or sustains disabling injuries without medical care.

Much to the delight of the Idaho Associated General Contractors, a transportation funding plan was one of the first bills introduced during the 2020 legislative session, writes Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence. The legislation, sponsored by House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, seeks to shift $272 million in rainy day savings from the Budget Stabilization Fund into a new account that could help pay for state and local transportation projects...