Joe A Palmer

Joe Palmer graduated from Boise State University, served in the Idaho National Guard, and has owned and operated a small business here for 32 years. For the past 11 years, Palmer has served as State Representative in the Idaho Legislature, including eight years as the chairman of the transportation committee where he has championed the plan to complete the Highway 16 project. 

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News • Laura Guido, KTVB7 • 02/08/2024

Idaho House Republicans on Thursday stripped Rep. Megan Blanksma, R-Hammett, of her majority leader position...

The vote to retain the House speaker was held in public by members of the entire chamber.

Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, made the motion, which was seconded by Rep. John Vander Woude, R-Nampa. Palmer declined to say anything about the motion other than, he didn't think it required debate.

News • Margaret Carmel, BoiseDev • 03/21/2024

On Thursday, the House Ways & Means Committee, controlled by Republican leadership, introduced a new bill from Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, that rewrites the powers for all state highway districts to lay out roadways. This bill requires new roads to be laid out for the “primary benefit of motorists” and removes the authority of highway district commissioners to change roadways under their jurisdiction how they see fit.

Instead, the new bill language only allows highway commissioners to widen an existing road or straighten an existing highway.

News • Ryan Suppe, Idaho Ed News • 02/22/2024

Currently, state law requires districts to “equip and maintain” school libraries. Rep. Joe Palmer introduced a measure that would give trustees discretion to close school libraries deemed “not necessary.”

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