2021 Idaho Legislature

Statehouse roundup, 1.18.21: House committee seeks to lift caps on public gatherings

School sporting events were a focal point in Monday morning’s debate.

Lawmaker looks to lift limits on gatherings — including athletics

Rep. Brent Crane wants to rescind a section of Gov. Brad Little’s coronavirus health order, which caps the size of many public gatherings to 10 people. Somewhat larger crowds can attend school athletic events.

Analysis: Little bets on a dual-credit rebound, to the tune of $9.5 million

Idaho’s taxpayer-funded dual credit program has grown rapidly — that is, before the pandemic. Gov. Brad Little thinks it’s just a one-year blip, and he isn’t alone.

University presidents tie tuition freeze to higher ed budget

The offer from Idaho university presidents: They say they will freeze tuition for a second year if lawmakers approve Gov. Brad Little’s $315.2 million higher education spending plan.

Survey paints a scattered picture of behavioral health services in Idaho schools

Rural schools and charter schools are less likely to provide behavioral health services to students and families, a new survey says.

Analysis: Little’s agenda signals a shift into election mode

Gov. Brad Little spent much of Monday’s State of the State Address shifting the narrative away from a pandemic that has defined the past 10 months of his term.

Legislative academy centers on social and emotional learning

Retired four-star general Craig McKinley spoke with education and business leaders on Monday about the need to prioritize developing students’ social and emotional skills.

Analysis: An unsettling and potentially unsafe legislative session looms

In the midst of a pandemic that has killed more than 1,500 Idahoans, and in aftermath of Capitol Hill riots that left five people dead, the Idaho Legislature convenes Monday. And some Statehouse regulars are uneasy.