BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Proponents of Idaho's lucrative slot-like machines argue that the state's racetracks will go out of business if lawmakers outlaw instant horse racing. The Senate State Affairs Committee listened to nearly three hours of testimony today from various horse industry representatives urging members not to ban the betting machines.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane says his office should be reviewed by an independent third party. He's asking for the change one year after legislative auditors claimed Crane's office improperly transferred millions of taxpayer dollars. Crane asked state budget writers yesterday for permission to raise fees to pay for a $60,000 annual independent audit.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — New Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra is asking permission to appoint a replacement to chair a board supporting students who are visually impaired or have hearing loss. The House Education Committee has introduced a bill that would allow Ybarra to appoint a designee to oversee the eight-person board.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Independent state evaluators say Idaho has spent $10 million on private legal counsel each year since 2011. The Office of Performance Evaluations told lawmakers that most outside legal work could be provided by the state's attorney general's office. However, limited resources inside Idaho's legal office have hindered how much state attorneys can take on. Evaluators are recommending expanding the attorney general's office.