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Really, Legislature, Thanks for Nothing!

The 2016 Idaho Legislature quietly gaveled to a close on March 24, in the Senate and the next morning in the House. It was by all accounts a…

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Energy Drain: Lawmakers Decamp From Boise With Little Action on Energy Issues

As mentioned above, the Idaho Legislature turned out the lights on its 2016 Session at the end of March, and as their custom, lawmakers spent more time debating…

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Long, Strange Road Continues for Legislature’s Punitive Prius Penalty

The Idaho House of Representatives, which apparently can’t bring itself to admitting that it goofed last year when it arbitrarily whacked owners of fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles with an…

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In the Legislature | March 18, 2016: Solar Energy Tax Bill to Governor; Bills to Dump Last Year’s Hybrid Registration Penalty Face Uncertain Future

Each week through the end of the Legislature, we’ll post thumbnail summaries on the status of bills of interest. Text of bills can be found by going to…

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IN THE LEGISLATURE | MARCH 10, 2016 : Solar Energy Tax Bill Advances; Bill to Remove Last Year’s Hybrid Registration Penalty Could Be Stuck

It appears the bill to include solar energy in the same tax bucket as wind and geothermal is on the fast track, while a no-brainer bill to undo…

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Lawmakers Dial Back Their Hybrid Hate

Idaho legislators, who last year singled out fuel-efficient hybrid owners by zapping them with an arbitrary $75 fee to register their cars because, well, they save gasoline, seem…

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Legislature May Tinker with Taxes Paid by Future Solar Farms

Sometimes, even when it seems the Idaho Legislature might be trying to do the right thing by encouraging the development of clean, carbon-free solar powered electricity, it finds…

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Senate Approves and Sends House Divisive Natural Gas Drilling Bill

Voting 31-4, the Senate on Thursday approved and sent to the House a controversial bill touted by pro-gas drilling supporters as “streamlining” the permit process for new oil…

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IN THE LEGISLATURE | February 26, 2016

In the Legislature: Energy Bills Bloom as Spring Draws Near We mention three energy-related legislative items above – one dealing with the chance that last year’s misguided $75…

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In the Legislature | January 27, 2016

It’s no surprise particularly for this time of year and just two weeks into the new legislative session, but there are so far no House or Senate bills…

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