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Among bills signed into law today: Breastfeeding decency, school board election date change, Medicaid dental coverage…

Among the 51 bills that Gov. Butch Otter signed into law today was Rep. Paul Amador’s bill to exempt nursing mothers from Idaho’s public indecency and obscenity laws, HB 448; Rep. Priscilla Giddings’ bill to grant a property tax break to fully disabled veterans, HB 492; Rep. Heather Scott’s bill to allow licensed retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons in schools, college dorms and college stadiums, HB 565; and Sen. Mary Souza’s bill to move school board elections to November, SB 1280.

Also signed into law today: HB 465, to restore preventive dental coverage to close to 30,000 Idaho Medicaid patients who haven’t had it since 2011, resulting it much higher costs for infections and serious complications. That bipartisan legislation was sponsored by Reps. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, and Kelley Packer, R-McCammon; and co-sponsored by Reps. Christy Perry, R-Nampa; Sue Chew, D-Boise; and Eric Redman, R-Athol.

The full list of bills the governor has signed is online here.

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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