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Little vetoes license-exemption bill for rehab center

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Posted at 3:43 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 17:43:37-04

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has vetoed a bill that would have carved out an exemption allowing a northern Idaho lawmaker's faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center to treat teenagers without a state license. The Republican governor in his veto message on Tuesday said the measure didn't ensure protections for one of the state's most vulnerable populations.

Republican Rep. Tim Remington is pastor of The Altar Church in Coeur d'Alene and also runs the Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center. He wanted to treat 13- to 17-year-olds but had concerns a state license would inhibit his faith-based approach.

The measure was specifically written for his rehabilitation center.