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Idaho Senate republicans bring resolution to eliminate criminal penalties for social distancing rules

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 18:45:21-05

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Senate Republicans introduced a bill to eliminate criminal penalties associated with social distancing mandates.

A draft resolution was presented by Senate Majority leader Kelly Anthon, R-Delco, and Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens during a Senate State Affairs committee hearing. The bill would get rid of criminal penalties relating to social distancing mandates.

The legislation would also remove business restrictions and allow parents at school extracurricular activities.

“It’s important to note, the resolution does not limit local control,” Anthon said in a statement. “Local governments still retain their authority – and right – to pass and enforce local health orders that make sense for their communities, but the statewide, one-size, restrictions need to end.”

The Committee votes 6-2 to approve the proposed legislation, according to the Idaho Senate Majority Caucus.