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”

Outside of normal session, legislators introduce 36 potential bills

By Ruth Brown and Logan Finney, Idaho Reports On day 309 of the record-breaking 2021 legislative session, Idaho lawmakers reconvened to introduce an avalanche of bills related to federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates.  On Monday morning, the House Ways and Means Committee introduced 29 bills, while the Senate State Affairs Committee introduced seven.  Legislative leadership previouslyContinue reading “Outside of normal session, legislators introduce 36 potential bills”

Chairman Wood confirms no Health and Welfare hearing this session

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports While the House Business Committee heard hours of testimony on vaccine and testing mandates, House Health and Welfare Committee chairman Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, spent Monday afternoon in his office, reading nine bills that House Speaker Scott Bedke had assigned to his committee.  “And I’ll not answer any further questionsContinue reading “Chairman Wood confirms no Health and Welfare hearing this session”

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”

Southwest Idaho infant dies of COVID-19

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has confirmed the state’s first pediatric death due to COVID-19.  The child was an infant younger than 1 year old who lived in southwest Idaho and died in October. The department said it will release no other details about the child to protect theContinue reading “Southwest Idaho infant dies of COVID-19”

“It’s such a traumatic experience.” Nampa toddler recovering after COVID nearly causes liver failure

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports In late August, Megan McCabe found herself at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, holding her 2-year-old daughter still while doctors sewed a dialysis line into her neck. A week earlier, the girl, Charlotte, had been playing with her brothers at their home in Nampa, and was jumping offContinue reading ““It’s such a traumatic experience.” Nampa toddler recovering after COVID nearly causes liver failure”

Idaho’s spent just 1% of federal ARPA relief funds

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports During the second day of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee’s interim meeting Wednesday, legislators listened to a breakdown of how much federal money the state has spent, and what’s still in the bank.  Alex Adams, of the Division of Financial Management, provided an update on the use of the American RescueContinue reading “Idaho’s spent just 1% of federal ARPA relief funds”

As Idaho hospitals fill, patients end up in other states, at great expense

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports, and Audrey Dutton, Idaho Capital Sun In late August, 2-year-old Charlotte McCabe started vomiting in the middle of the night.  Her parents, Megan and Cliff McCabe, initially thought she had a stomach bug. When she began acting listless, they brought her to an urgent care center, where a provider recommendedContinue reading “As Idaho hospitals fill, patients end up in other states, at great expense”

Otter weighs in on McGeachin’s actions, calling them “shameful”

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After a political uproar on Tuesday, former Gov. Butch Otter weighed in on Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s inquiries about sending the Idaho National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border. While Gov. Brad Little left the state to visit the border and McGeachin was serving as acting governor, she issued an executiveContinue reading “Otter weighs in on McGeachin’s actions, calling them “shameful””

Lt. Gov. McGeachin issues executive order while Little leaves Idaho

By Ruth Brown, Logan Finney, and Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports When Idaho Gov. Brad Little left the state, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin wasted no time using her authority as acting executive — though Little made it clear whatever actions she takes will be short lived. On Tuesday, as Little traveled to Texas to visit theContinue reading “Lt. Gov. McGeachin issues executive order while Little leaves Idaho”