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”

House passes 3 bills on exemptions to opt-out of pandemic rules

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho House of Representatives approved three bills Tuesday that would allow people to receive exemptions to avoid mandatory vaccination and to allow children to avoid face masks in schools.  House bill 414, sponsored by House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, would add religious exemptions to the Idaho Human RightsContinue reading “House passes 3 bills on exemptions to opt-out of pandemic rules”

Senate moving methodically on COVID legislation 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  An influential Senate committee held an informational meeting Tuesday morning on four COVID-related bills, in which the lawmakers did not vote on any of the proposals after hearing from bill sponsors and members of the public. “The reason I feel it’s important that we do this is it’s a limitedContinue reading “Senate moving methodically on COVID legislation “

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”

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”