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Big crowd for children at risk/faith healing hearing

Crowd fills an Idaho Capitol hearing room for a hearing Monday morning on children at risk and faith healing (Betsy Z. Russell)
Crowd fills an Idaho Capitol hearing room for a hearing Monday morning on children at risk and faith healing (Betsy Z. Russell)

There are 42 people signed up to offer public testimony this morning to the Legislature's Children at Risk/Faith Healing working group, many of them from groups that support faith healing or oppose childhood vaccinations. There are more than 60 people in the audience.

Co-Chair Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, cautioned those who will speak to avoid personal attacks. "This is about the law that we’re dealing with," he said. "Be very respectful. … Talk about the law and how it affects you, how it affects others. … Keep the personalities out of it."

"We have a lot of people signed up. I'm hoping to get through everybody," he said.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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