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House OKs Senate changes to bill trimming governor's powers

Idaho Statehouse
Posted at 7:11 PM, Apr 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-15 21:11:06-04

BOISE, Idaho — The House has approved Senate changes to a bill trimming an Idaho governor’s powers during declared emergencies while increasing the Legislature’s power.

Lawmakers voted 52-15 on Thursday to approve two modest changes to the bill made in the Senate. Lawmakers are taking aim at rules intended to stem the pandemic, like limiting gatherings and nonessential travel, as well as a governor’s authority during localized natural disasters such as wildfires and floods.

The bill now goes to the governor, with many lawmakers expecting a veto that they would attempt to override. Another bill already sent to the governor targets a governor’s emergency powers during human-made events, such as a terrorist attack.