Senate fails to override Coronavirus Pause Act veto

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Idaho Senate has failed to override Gov. Brad Little’s veto of the Coronavirus Pause Act.  The Senate voted 21-14 to override the veto of the legislation, which would have have prevented both public and private entities from requiring vaccinations as a condition of employment or service.  The original legislationContinue reading “Senate fails to override Coronavirus Pause Act veto”

Workers’ comp has paid more than $2 million connected to COVID

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Legislature considered amending the workers’ compensation law in Idaho to include vaccine injuries, but the state has already paid out more than $2 million for COVID-19 illnesses and vaccine injuries. Rep. Jason Monks, R-Meridian, pitched HB 417, which would require businesses that mandate their employees to be vaccinatedContinue reading “Workers’ comp has paid more than $2 million connected to COVID”

Bill to amend workers’ compensation for vaccine injuries passes House

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee has moved forward a bill that would amend the Idaho worker’s compensation law to include vaccine-related injuries if an employer mandates a vaccine. Rep. Jason Monks, R-Meridian, introduced HB 417, saying if an employer mandates a vaccination, they should be held accountable forContinue reading “Bill to amend workers’ compensation for vaccine injuries passes House”

Business Committee hears 8 bills on vaccine mandates

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports On Monday, the House Business Committee heard eight bills during the extraordinarily long 2021 Legislative session, all of which focused on vaccines. The bills were introduced during a 7:30 am meeting, and landed in committee at 1:30 pm. Several people offering testimony commented on the lack of time available toContinue reading “Business Committee hears 8 bills on vaccine mandates”

Budget committee shoots down federal overreach fund

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  The joint budget committee shot down a new legal fund for the legislature Monday afternoon, voting 12-6 against the proposal.  The bill from Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay, would have created a Federal Overreach Legal Defense Fund for the legislature’s legal expenses in defending the state from overreach by the federalContinue reading “Budget committee shoots down federal overreach fund”

Legislative committee questions consequences of Biden’s vaccine order

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Legislature’s Committee on Federalism met Wednesday to discuss President Joe Biden’s recent announcement on employee vaccinations. Idaho still has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. Crisis standards of care has been activated statewide due to a flood of COVID-19 patients, the overwhelming majority of whomContinue reading “Legislative committee questions consequences of Biden’s vaccine order”

Saint Alphonsus, St. Luke’s delay vaccination requirement deadlines

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s two largest hospital systems have paused a requirement that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. “While we remain committed to our vaccine requirement policy, we are pausing the requirement for our Idaho colleagues only while crisis standards of care are activated,” said Mark Snider, communications director for Saint Alphonsus. TheContinue reading “Saint Alphonsus, St. Luke’s delay vaccination requirement deadlines”

Gov. Little “exploring legal action” against Biden’s vaccine mandates

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Friday, Gov. Brad Little announced he and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden are exploring legal options to fight President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandates. On Thursday, Biden announced he is taking steps to mandate vaccinations for federal employees and contractors, health care workers at facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid,Continue reading “Gov. Little “exploring legal action” against Biden’s vaccine mandates”

State, federal government at odds over vaccine mandates for private employers

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports President Joe Biden announced Thursday afternoon that he will impose new stringent vaccine and testing requirements for federal workers and for all employers with more than 100 employees.  The announcement comes as coronavirus continues to rip through Idaho, filling hospitals to maximum capacity. Northern Idaho hospitals have already reached crisisContinue reading “State, federal government at odds over vaccine mandates for private employers”

IDHW clarifies policies on COVID-19 ‘booster’ shots

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Following recent announcements from the federal government about possible COVID-19 vaccine “booster” doses, state health officials clarified who is currently eligible for a third shot.  In a media briefing Tuesday, state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn said that third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines are currently intended onlyContinue reading “IDHW clarifies policies on COVID-19 ‘booster’ shots”