The Coeur d'Alene City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday to discuss taking a position on two controversial bills that are currently making their way through the Idaho Legislature. The first bill, HB 427, would allow Idahoans to refuse service to those they object to on religious grounds. That bill was passed out of the House State Affairs Committee 11-4 on Wednesday after three and a half hours of testimony mostly opposing the bill. The Idaho Statesman reported on Thursday that Boise City Council President Maryanne Jordan testified that if passed, the law could undo strides that communities like Boise have made by extending local employment and housing protections to gays and lesbians, in the absence of statewide prohibitions. ... Senate Bill 1254 would allow people with enhanced concealed weapons permits and retired law enforcement personnel to carry firearms on Idaho's higher education campuses/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.