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Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:11 a.m.

Panel OKs faith-healing bill

The Senate State Affairs Committee has voted 5-4 in favor of SB 1182, Sen. Dan Johnson’s controversial bill regarding faith-healing, after most of the nine people who testified this morning spoke against it. Here’s how the vote broke down:

Voting in favor: Sens. Hagedorn, Davis, Hill, Lakey and Siddoway.

Voting against: Sens. Winder, Lodge, Stennett, and Buckner-Webb.

The bill now moves to the full Senate. Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, made the motion to approve it; it was seconded by Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian. “We found a way to introduce a bill to offend everybody - it certainly wasn’t our target,” Davis said. “We weren’t looking for applause. We were looking for something that could be a partial solution and also have a chance of passing, and this is that bill. I heard a lot of opposition to the bill because it doesn’t go far enough, that we need to repeal the shield protection in Title 18. I can’t get that bill passed, I don’t believe I can. … I’ve been here for a while and I know kinda how to count votes; that bill will not pass.” More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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