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BC-ID--Idaho News Coverage Advisory, ID

March 20, 2019

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Idaho. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Boise bureau at (208) 343-1894.

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MEDICAID EXPANSION-IDAHO

BOISE _ Legislation involving Medicaid expansion in Idaho will get a public hearing in a Senate committee. The Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved the hearing for the bill put forward by Republican Sen. Fred Martin. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be expanded following afternoon hearing.

BALLOT INITIATIVES

BOISE _ A bill that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot is headed to the state Senate for possible changes. The Senate State Affairs committee on Tuesday voted to send the bill from Eagle Republican Sen. C. Scott Grow to the full Senate for amendments after Sen. Chuck Winder, a Republican from Boise, said he felt it had an error. By Rebecca Boone. SENT: 170 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

FEDERALISM COMMITTEE

BOISE _ A Senate committee on Wednesday sent to the Senate legislation to create a panel to monitor how federal laws affect Idaho’s sovereignty and possibly to be combined with another bill aimed at creating a council on federal lands. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 570 words.

BLUE MOUNTAINS-MANAGEMENT PLANS

LEWISTON _ The U.S. Forest Service has rejected the recently completed management plans for three national forests in the Pacific Northwest, restarting the 15-year process to revise the plans. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

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