Committee moves forward memorial supporting Ukraine

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The House Ways and Means Committee has moved forward a memorial supporting Ukraine. The memorial, introduced Tuesday by Rep. Matt Bundy, R-Mountain Home, and Rep. Colin Nash, D-Boise, states Idaho’s support for the Ukrainian people and condemns Russia’s attack. Bundy said he wanted to show support for the Ukrainian people,Continue reading “Committee moves forward memorial supporting Ukraine”

Idaho State Liquor Division removing Russian products from shelves

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Customers soon won’t be able to find Russian vodka in Idaho’s state-run liquor stores ⁠— though there isn’t much to begin with. The Idaho State Liquor Division, in consultation with the governor’s office, is removing Russian-owned liquor from its store shelves to show support for Ukraine, said Marissa Morrison-Hyer, Gov.Continue reading “Idaho State Liquor Division removing Russian products from shelves”

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”

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”