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In brief: AARP says ‘conscience law’ amendment doesn’t protect living wills

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 2011

BOISE – A new amendment to Idaho’s “conscience law” was introduced Tuesday with the backing of House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, who has blocked three other bills seeking to protect patients’ living wills from being violated due to a health care provider’s conscience.

Idaho AARP spokesman David Irwin said the new measure doesn’t fix the problem, because it still would let health care providers violate patients’ living wills specifying which end-of-life care they want or don’t want, due to the provider’s own personal concern. “We don’t view this as progress,” Irwin said.

Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Meridian, a co-sponsor of the new measure, said, “The physician ought to have some say in what the treatment is and whether it’s appropriate.” The bill’s introduction Tuesday clears the way for a full hearing on it in the committee.

Meetings set on school levy

Community meetings to discuss Coeur d’Alene School District’s upcoming $12.8 million levy are scheduled for Thursday morning and March 2.

Coeur d’Alene has trimmed nearly $9 million during the past two years. With the loss of stimulus money and one-time savings, the district will ask voters to continue its supplemental levy of $7.8 million as well as ask voters for an additional $5 million, just to maintain the current level of service.

District administrators and members of the Board of Trustees will be at the meetings to listen to people’s concerns and answer questions.

Thursday’s meeting is 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Midtown Center, 1505 N. 5th St., Coeur d’Alene. A second meeting will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 2 at the same location.

For information: (208) 664-8241.


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