Idaho vaccination laws already permissive, even before governor’s order

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports While Idahoans have had significant discussion about whether the COVID-19 vaccine would become mandatory, it’s worth note that the state has never mandated a vaccine for adults. There are rules around childhood vaccines for children attending school, but even those have wide-ranging exemptions.  Gov. Brad Little signed an executive orderContinue reading “Idaho vaccination laws already permissive, even before governor’s order”

Can teenagers get a COVID-19 vaccine without parental consent? It depends

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As some parts of Idaho have opened up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents, regardless of age and medical conditions, there are still questions regarding children who don’t have parental consent. One of the three COVID-19 vaccines in use — the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine — can be administered to people agesContinue reading “Can teenagers get a COVID-19 vaccine without parental consent? It depends”

Idaho legislators at odds with how to balance, restrict power in health crisis

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports During a contentious legislative session the state’s seen multiple bills targeted at largely restricting the powers of public health districts, the governor, and the Department of Health and Welfare. Before the legislature recessed because of a COVID outbreak, a lack of consensus on the best way to balance executive andContinue reading “Idaho legislators at odds with how to balance, restrict power in health crisis”

Supreme Court affirms Clarke decision regarding warrantless misdemeanor arrests

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Edited on March 24 to add information about a rule change from the Supreme Court. The Idaho Supreme Court ruled that officers cannot make warrantless arrests for misdemeanor driving under the influence if they did not witness the suspect operating a vehicle.  The ruling cited precedent from the 2019 ClarkeContinue reading “Supreme Court affirms Clarke decision regarding warrantless misdemeanor arrests”

Voter initiative bill latest example of tension between legislature, activists

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Testimony during the House State Affairs committee on Monday sounded familiar to people who have been around the Idaho Legislature for years. The bill, SB1110, would require citizens seeking to get an initiative on the ballot to collect signatures from all of Idaho’s 35 legislative districts. Current Idaho law onlyContinue reading “Voter initiative bill latest example of tension between legislature, activists”

Wrongful conviction bill passes Idaho House, heads to the governor

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A bill that would compensate people who are wrongfully convicted of a crime is headed to the governor for signature, after unanimously passing both the Senate and the House. Gov. Brad Little vetoed a similar bill last year, but sponsors expect him to sign this version after addressing his priorContinue reading “Wrongful conviction bill passes Idaho House, heads to the governor”