Idaho National Guard wraps up coronavirus pandemic support missions

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports While the Idaho National Guard was recently activated to assist with emergency wildfires in the state, the Guard has spent the past eight months helping health care providers in the pandemic. The Idaho Office of Emergency Management reported that most of the Guard’s missions were “personnel support” where Guard membersContinue reading “Idaho National Guard wraps up coronavirus pandemic support missions”

Gov. Little issues emergency declaration in wildfire season

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As temperatures soar this week and the drought continues, Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued an emergency declaration related to wildfire Friday. Little also mobilized Idaho National Guard firefighters and aircraft to assist in the effort. Northern areas of the state have reported fires starting due to lightning strikes. The Dixie-JumboContinue reading “Gov. Little issues emergency declaration in wildfire season”

Little reverses McGeachin’s executive order on masks

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little has reversed Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s executive order, calling it an “irresponsible, self-serving political stunt.” Little’s new executive order repeals McGeachin’s, and allows local government entities to issue mask mandates once again. Read the full order here. McGeachin, who is challenging Little in the 2022 Republican primaryContinue reading “Little reverses McGeachin’s executive order on masks”

The “surprise factor” sets McGeachin apart from 1987’s Lt. Gov. Otter

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, in her capacity as acting governor, issued an executive order banning mask mandates from all state entities, including school districts and cities. In addition to causing confusion for school districts, who were not notified of the coming change, the order also surprised Gov. BradContinue reading “The “surprise factor” sets McGeachin apart from 1987’s Lt. Gov. Otter”

McGeachin, as acting governor, bans mask mandates in schools, other entities

By Melissa Davlin and Ruth Brown, Idaho Public Television On Thursday morning, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin posted on Twitter that, as acting governor, she had issued an executive order banning mask mandates in government entities, including public schools. The Secretary of State’s office confirmed that it had received the order from McGeachin on Thursday morning.Continue reading “McGeachin, as acting governor, bans mask mandates in schools, other entities”

Why overturning a veto is a tough hurdle — even for popular legislation

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Thursday, the Senate voted 21-14 to overturn Gov. Brad Little’s first veto of the 2021 session, falling short of the two-thirds majority required from both the House and Senate.  The House voted 62-7 on its override attempt earlier this week, easily surpassing the two-thirds threshold but losing some votesContinue reading “Why overturning a veto is a tough hurdle — even for popular legislation”

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”

A history of Idaho’s deconsolidation debate

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports | Feb. 24, 2021 This week, a trio of bills relating to deconsolidation of the Idaho Attorney General’s office has taken center stage at the legislature. On Wednesday, the Senate Resource and Environment Committee rejected a bill that would force the Department of Lands to hire outside counsel. (A similarContinue reading “A history of Idaho’s deconsolidation debate”

As hospitals struggle, Gov. Little mobilizes Idaho National Guard

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Governor Brad Little announced Friday that he is rolling the state back to a modified version of Stage 2 and mobilizing 100 members of the Idaho National Guard to support the state’s struggling healthcare capacity. “We are in the middle of an unprecedented and dangerous time in our state’s history,”Continue reading “As hospitals struggle, Gov. Little mobilizes Idaho National Guard”