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Idaho lawmakers resume special session to deal with virus

Posted at 9:24 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 13:22:47-04

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers meeting in a special session have resumed work on bills dealing with the coronavirus pandemic following two chaotic days culminating with the arrest of anti-government activist Ammon Bundy.

The House of Representatives approved legislation early Wednesday to smooth the counting of what is expected to be a surge of absentee ballots for the November election. Lawmakers are also looking at legislation intended to shield schools, businesses and government entities from lawsuits from people who get COVID-19.

Bundy opposes that legislation and refused to leave a committee meeting room. He is charged with trespassing, and restricting and obstructing officers.