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Bill to ban mask mandates passes Idaho legislative committee

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Posted at 1:39 PM, Feb 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-09 15:39:19-05

BOISE, Idaho — A bill to stop any government entity — including local school boards — from issuing a mask mandate passed an Idaho legislative committee on Wednesday.

The legislation is sponsored by St. Anthony Republican Rep. Karey Hanks, who has repeatedly tried to get a ban on mask mandates passed since the coronavirus pandemic began. Hanks said shouldn't dictate an individual's health choices, and Idaho residents are ready to deal with the risks. The bill passed on a party-line vote and now goes to the full House.

A tally by Johns Hopkins University shows one in every 136 people in Idaho tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week.