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Idaho lawmakers sue House speaker over coronavirus concerns

“I will continue to move forward in good faith toward a solution workable for all members.
Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 4:37 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2021 at 10:41 AM MST
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers in Idaho filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Legislature and the Republican speaker of the House contending the Statehouse is unsafe for them and others with chronic health conditions because coronavirus precautions are being ignored.

Reps. Sue Chew of Boise and Muffy Davis of Ketchum filed the lawsuit Thursday saying lawmakers aren’t required to wear masks.

They want a judge to order House Speaker Scott Bedke to allow lawmakers to participate remotely and provide other work accommodations.

Bedke says he’s working to make a safe and productive environment where lawmakers can wrap up business as quickly and effectively as possible.

“Though it’s unfortunate that negotiations have taken this turn, I will continue to move forward in good faith toward a solution workable for all members. I can assure everyone that the Leadership Team from the House Republican Caucus is working to make a safe and productive environment where we can complete our business as quickly and effectively as possible.”

Speaker of the House Scott Bedke.

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