Unanimous Idaho legislative panel backs financial disclosure for all candidates, elected officials

BOISE – It’s time for Idaho to end its distinction as one of just two states with no personal financial disclosure requirements at all for its elected officials, a panel of state lawmakers agreed on Monday. “Can you believe it?” asked Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, after the Legislature’s campaign finance reform legislative work group wrapped…


Editorial: Open government training should be required of Idaho elected officials

The Idaho Legislature should require open meetings and open records trainings for all newly elected officials in the state — from legislators themselves down to county clerks and city councilmen — following a string of violations in the state.

Other states already have similar requirements, including Washington, Texas, Maine and Florida. Continue…