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The only measure to pass both houses of the Idaho Legislature since it reconvened on Monday is a non-binding memorial to Congress and the president disapproving of the Biden Administration’s proposed vaccine mandates. Senators debated and passed SJM 105 on Tuesday morning; the House then passed the measure without debate late Tuesday afternoon...

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The Senate has passed SJM 105, a non-binding memorial to Congress and the president disapproving of the Biden Administration’s proposed vaccine mandates. “This is an effort on behalf of this body, and the body across the way should they join in this memorial, with us to make a very forceful statement about our position on presidential mandates related to COVID-19,” Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder said as he opened the debate.

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BOISE — In a turbulent day of lawmaking at Idaho’s newly reconvened legislative session on Monday, no new bills passed, and a top priority of GOP legislative leaders — allocating $2 million in state taxpayer money to a new legal fund to underwrite lawmakers intervening in federal vaccine lawsuits — was defeated.

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House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder have already filed a motion to have the Legislature intervene in a multistate lawsuit in Kentucky over the Biden Administration's vaccine mandates, though JFAC just killed the bill to set up a special $2 million litigation fund for that purpose.

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BOISE — The Idaho Legislature has never done anything like this before. On Monday, lawmakers plan to reconvene their regular session, which started back in January and as of May, already ranked as the longest in state history.

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BOISE — The Idaho Legislature will reconvene on Nov. 15, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder confirmed Monday, to consider possible legislation relating to vaccine mandates, and also complete House action regarding an ethics complaint against Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird.

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BOISE — Idaho’s governor, Attorney General, and top GOP legislative leaders sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Friday threatening legal action if he doesn’t back off his plan for private employers of 100 or more workers to require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.