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Local News 3/19/24

Adjusting time by an hour in Idaho every six months could be a thing of the past.  A bill is working its way through the legislature.  Clocks would remain on Standard time but there is a catch.  At least two nearby states, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah and California would have to make the move.  Washing and Oregon have passed similar bills. 

The lead attorney for Bryan Kohberger, the man charged with murdering four University of Idaho students, urged state lawmakers to oppose a bill that proposed expanding the defendants who would qualify for the death penalty.  Anne Taylor appeared before an Idaho Senate committee to argue that the state was not in a position to shoulder an increase in its number of capital punishment-eligible criminal cases.  The proposed law Taylor testified against sought to make certain sex crimes against children under the age of 12 punishable by death

A 16 year old Rupert teen has died following a car accident that occurred on March 4th.  According to a go fund me account, Alejandro Alvarez passed away Friday.  He had been airlifted to Pocatello following the crash.

The Idaho Legislature is seeking to preempt many potential knife regulations in the same way the state does with gun regulations.  The Senate State Affairs Committee yesterday passed HB 620, which prohibits local governments from creating regulations around knives with some exemptions.

After military officials said proposed Idaho legislation could result in defunding the Idaho National Guard, Idaho lawmakers stopped the “Defend the Guard Act” from advancing in the Idaho Legislature.  Supporters see the bill as a way to rein in what some call unconstitutional federal war powers. Critics worry the legislation could limit the Idaho National Guard, which officials say is mostly federally funded.

Legislative budget writers have drafted the budget for Medicaid, Idaho’s largest state government program that would keep the program’s budget at roughly $4.7 billion.  JFAC’s Medicaid budget for fiscal year 2025 includes funds for new staff that agency leaders said would help save money and increase pay for some medical providers that had been stagnant.

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