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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho lawmaker has introduced legislation to change the state's 70-year-old system of doling out liquor licenses. Under Idaho's current law, a single liquor license is allowed for every 1,500 residents of cities. The bill would create a tier of licenses that counties and cities could sell to restaurants and lodging facilities. These licenses would come with annual fees not required of the traditional liquor licenses and carry more regulations.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would exempt highway districts from clearing snow from city sidewalks and streets. Currently, state law requires highway districts to maintain city streets, curbs, gutters and other infrastructure.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The fight to provide basic health services to Idaho's neediest residents has moved to the Senate. Earlier this week, Rep. Fred Wood pulled back a $10 million plan to provide primary care to Idahoans who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to qualify for health insurance premium subsidies.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A plan to bump Idaho's legal smoking age from 18 to 21 has died when it failed to win enough support among conservative lawmakers wary of curbing individual freedoms. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Fred Martin, would have applied to smoking, chewing tobacco and alternative nicotine products such as e-cigarettes. It would have imposed a $17.50 fine on young people violating the law as some lawmakers pushed for Idaho to join California and Hawaii as the only states to ban smoking until age 21.

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