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House tries again to trim Idaho governor's emergency powers

Idaho House spikes federal nullification bill
Posted at 3:46 PM, Feb 11, 2021

BOISE, Idaho — Lawmakers on Thursday in the Idaho state House continued their struggle to pass legislation to trim the governor’s powers and increase their own during an emergency such as a pandemic.

The House State Affairs Committee killed the third version of a bill and sent the fourth version to the full House. Lawmakers are angry with Republican Gov. Brad Little’s response to the pandemic that included a temporary stay-at-home order in late March as patients overwhelmed some hospitals.

Lawmakers are trying to find a way to apply legislative oversight during declared emergencies without jeopardizing federal aid and a governor's ability to respond quickly to disasters.