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Idaho Senate kills bill to repeal exemption on faith-healing parents who decline treatment of their children

BOISE – After two hours of passionate debate Tuesday, the Idaho Senate rejected a proposal allowing faith-healing parents to be civilly liable when their children die or suffer permanent injury due to a lack of treatment. The bill proposed a series of changes to Idaho’s existing faith-healing exemption from civil liability for child neglect, but made no changes in the state’s criminal laws, which include a religious exemption from prosecution for faith-healing parents.

Senate kills faith-healing bill on 11-24 vote

The Idaho Senate voted 11-24 against SB 1182, the faith healing bill, killing it. "This is a tough issue," said Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, in his closing debate, before asking for a moment of silence. Full vote breakdown.

Legislative Limerick No. 3: The nay-sayer of the Senate

Often in the Senate these days, there’s a lone “no” vote on a bill that’s otherwise unanimously supported. Almost invariably, it comes from freshman Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow. He even cast the only “no” vote on the higher education budget bill – a surprising vote...

Legislative interim committees named for this year

The Legislative Council is meeting this morning to approve and name lawmakers to interim committees for the upcoming legislative interim. All are continuations from previous years, with the exception of the Commercial Vehicle Annual Registration Fee Study Committee, which will meet for the first time...

Faith-healing bill roundly criticized, but squeaks out of Senate committee; full story

Controversial faith-healing legislation narrowly cleared an Idaho Senate committee on Monday, after a hearing in which nearly everyone who spoke opposed it. Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, said his bill, SB 1182, makes a series of changes to Idaho’s existing faith-healing exemption from civil liability for child neglect, but makes no changes in...

Idaho Senate panel introduces fetal tissue research bill

A new proposal would make it easier for research centers and universities in Idaho to continue using fetal tissue for some research projects. Last year, the Idaho Legislature made it illegal to buy, sell or donate fetal tissue, even though no such practice existed in the state at the time. However, the ban has since caused confusion...