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After a nearly four-hour hearing, the Senate State Affairs Committee has killed all three of the House bills on its agenda. Senate Majority Leader Kelly Anthon, R-Burley, moved to send HB 414, the "religious freedom" bill, to the full Senate with a recommendation that it "do pass," but his motion died for lack of a second.

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BOISE — Six far-reaching bills aimed at fending off vaccine mandates or other COVID-19-related public health measures from private or public employers, schools and more cleared the Idaho House Tuesday afternoon in a marathon session.

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BOISE — Six far-reaching bills aimed at fending off vaccine mandates or other COVID-19-related public health measures from private or public employers, schools and more cleared the Idaho House Tuesday afternoon in a marathon session.

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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 final bill that the House took up today was HB 415 from Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, to require certain exemptions for any employer who requires immunization as a condition of employment. Those would include exemptions for health, pregnancy, “religious or other grounds,” or those who have had COVID-19 or a “positive antibody screen.”

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Harrisburg, Pa. -- Tipped workers can now benefit from a new rule that raises their earnings during "non tipped work." The Department of Labor (USDOL) has issued a new Tip Regulation which dismisses a former DOL rule and responds to a lawsuit that began under the Trump Administration. 

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After a two-hour hearing on HB 410, Rep. Charlie Shepherd's bill to forbid all vaccine requirements by Idaho employers, the House Business Committee had three different motions, including to pass the bill or amend it, but ended up passing the final one, which was to hold the bill at the call of the chair. The idea is to get through the other seven bills on the agenda before voting on all of them, as so many of them overlap or duplicate each other.

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HB 410, Rep. Charlie Shepherd’s proposed bill to prohibit all employer vaccine requirements, for any type of vaccine, was first up at the House Business Committee hearing this afternoon. Shepherd told the committee he doesn’t understand how it could endanger any vaccinated person in a workplace to have unvaccinated people there with them.