Apr. 6—The Idaho Legislature began Tuesday with a bill against federal actions, an impassioned speech on the House floor against federal aid and public health orders over the coronavirus pandemic, and a vote in favor of an anti-abortion bill.
After a two-week recess due to a COVID-19 outbreak among House members, legislators returned to business criticizing the federal government, pushing forward with a bill to veto federal power and restrict abortions.
A bill intended to resist federal government actions or federal courts moved forward to the House floor on Tuesday.
House members approved the bill in the
The bill would create a procedure process for the Legislature to declare a federal executive order or federal court ruling "of no force and effect." Here are some of the other highlights from the return of the legislative session.
Bills that died: Renters' fees, tobacco, and
House members killed a bill, sponsored by Sen.
Another bill to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21 was rejected in the House in a 28-40 vote. The bill would have put
Meanwhile, in the
Legislators also have a long list of appropriation bills to approve — but one measure, Senate Bill 1163, died on Tuesday.
Officials will need to start the process over again for the Legislature to approve a bill on the IDHW's budget. Legislators can't finish the session without approving a budget for every state department.
"Now in 2021, after a year that attempted to squelch out the remaining embers of liberty in this country, the winds of tyranny have blown on the remnant and ignited a flame that will not be put out!" Adams said. "The people are awake, eyes wide open, and they're watching you to see who will stand with them."
Adams said "vaccine passports," "indoctrinating our youth," and dam breaching are all on the agenda. He also appeared to refer to President
Adams blasted the government for "borrowing on the credit of generations of Americans who have not even been born yet, chaining them to a lifetime of financial slavery."
"Either lead, follow or get the hell out of the way," Adams said. "Because you cannot spend the people's money and buy them with their own money forever."
Senators approve fetal heartbeat bill
Senators approved a bill that would prohibit abortions if a heartbeat on the fetus is detected. But the bill would only be triggered if any federal appeals court rules in favor of a restriction on aborting a fetus with a heartbeat.
Senate Bill 1183 was crafted by the
"A woman's life is valuable, and if they're in a traumatic situation we need to reach out to them with our love and support," Lodge said on the
Experts and studies have said sexual assaults remain one of the most under-reported crimes. An analysis by the
Wintrow urged senators to oppose the bill and "to not put people through this" or jeopardize services the state provides.
"Abortion is murder," she said.
Sen. Scott Grow, R-
"This is not about money. This is about a right to life," Grow said.
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