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Idaho power struggle appears to tilt away from Legislature

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 18:47:11-05

BOISE, Idaho — Attempts by the Republican-dominated Legislature to wrest power from GOP Gov. Brad Little when it comes to emergency declarations during a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic appear to have taken a hit.

The Idaho attorney general's office in an opinion on Thursday says a strategy by the Legislature to use concurrent resolutions that don't require a governor's signature to end a governor's emergency declaration is not contained in the Idaho Constitution.

The Attorney General's office says such a concurrent resolution merely expresses the Legislature's preference but has no legal effect. Lawmakers in the House and Senate have put forward several concurrent resolutions aiming to end Little's coronavirus emergency.