2021 Idaho legislature

Idaho Moves Closer To Allowing Industrial Hemp

Mar 11, 2021
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An Idaho Senate committee has approved a bill that would lead to a new industrial hemp industry in the Gem State. Idaho is the only state in the nation not to allow farmers to grow and companies to process industrial hemp, according to Global Hemp Industries.

But the Idaho Farm Bureau, represented at a Thursday hearing by Braden Jensen, is asking legislators to change that.

Idaho House Says No To Ban On Residential Picketing

Mar 10, 2021
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The Idaho House has killed a bill that would have made it illegal for protestors to picket in front of someone’s home.

The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Brooke Green [D-Boise] because of an incident last April. Activist Ammon Bundy and others picketed the home of a Boise-area police officer who arrested a woman who refused to leave a city park that was closed for Covid reasons.

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An Idaho House committee has said yes to a bill that would allow school employees to bring guns to their workplace.

Rep. Chad Christensen [R-Ammon] says his bill is aimed at giving schools a chance to respond immediately in case someone comes to campus and starts shooting.

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The Idaho Senate on Wednesday voted to give the legislature permission to call itself into a special session in case of emergency. The state constitution doesn’t allow that, so the people would have vote on it first.

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Opponents of a bill to make it more difficult to put citizen initiatives on an Idaho state ballot are appealing directly to the governor.

On Friday, a state Senate committee approved a proposal by Kootenai County Republican Senator Steve Vick. His bill would require initiative sponsors to collect signatures from at least six percent of registered voters in all 35 legislative districts.

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A new Idaho legislative session has begun with a tradition done in a different way.

In normal times, Governor Brad Little would appear before a joint session of the legislature on opening day and deliver his State of the State address. But in this pandemic, he gave his 30-minute speech in a television studio with no interruptions for applause.