Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Idaho's New Rules: More Guns, Fewer Payday Loans And A Lot More Money to Kill Wolves

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 9:56 AM

No one is expecting a large cache of firearms to appear on the campus of Boise State University today, but there's not much to stop that from happening.

Today marks the beginning of Fiscal Year 2015 for the state of Idaho and that also means a laundry list of new rules—approved by the Idaho Legislature and signed into law by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter—will kick in.

Perhaps the most controversial, the so-called "guns on campus law," allows concealed weapons on the campuses of Idaho's public universities and colleges. The law still keeps guns out of dormitories, arenas or buildings that hold more than 1,000 people.

Changes to Idaho's Payday Loan Act go into effect today, including limits to the amount of a payday loan—25 percent of a borrower's gross monthly income (plus it can't exceed $1,000). Additionally, payday lenders will be limited to the number of times they can present a borrower's check for payment (three times).

Speed limits on some rural Idaho highways were supposed to increase from 75 mph to 80 mph this week, but the Idaho Transportation Department, upon hearing a fair amount of negative feedback, said it wants to take another look at the change and report back to its board later this month.

And there will be a lot more in the kitty to kill wolves. The Idaho Legislature approved $400,000 to "manage" wolves that prey on livestock.

On that last point, a group of activists says they'll plant themselves at the Idaho Statehouse today, in an act of civil disobedience, "demanding the governor to stop this killing forthwith," according to the group.

Arrests are expected.

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