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Lawmakers seek long-term limit on governors' emergency power

Apr. 10, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

As governors loosen long-lasting coronavirus restrictions, state lawmakers across the U.S. are taking actions to significantly limit the power they could wield in future emergencies. The legislative measures are aimed not simply at undoing mask mandates and capacity...

University system seeking input in implementing campus carry

Apr. 10, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — In an era marred by gun violence, the Montana University System is looking to neighboring states and public input as it prepares to allow concealed carry of firearms on campus. The new firearm carry law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte on...

Idaho governor given petition to veto voter initiative bill

Apr. 09, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A former Idaho Supreme Court justice has delivered a petition to the governor's office with more than 16,000 signatures that urges him to veto a bill that would make it more difficult to put voter initiatives on the ballot. The bill has already been...

Idaho lawmakers add penalty to proposed ban on mask mandates

Apr. 09, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers amended a bill that would ban the state, public health departments and even school districts from requiring masks to add a penalty on Friday. The amendment in the Idaho House means the legislation now says that if a political subdivision...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Apr. 09, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Welcome back, Idaho legislators. Wear a mask. We’re not paying for another recess April 5 Idaho Statesman We now know how much the Idaho Legislature’s...

Anti-government activist Bundy arrested at Idaho Statehouse

Apr. 08, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy was arrested twice in two hours Thursday on suspicion of trespassing at the Idaho Statehouse. Police said he returned to the Capitol building shortly after bailing out of jail on the first arrest. It wasn’t...

Official: COVID-19 variants likely spreading across Idaho

Apr. 08, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Bureau of Laboratories Director Christopher Ball has said concerning coronavirus variants are likely spreading across the state, despite efforts to vaccinate residents. COVID-19 vaccines currently being distributed are believed to be...