By Hayat Norimine, Accountability Editor; and Ryan Suppe, State Politics Reporter

BILL WOULD DECLARE GUN BUSINESSES ESSENTIAL DURING EMERGENCIES

A new Senate bill introduced yesterday would distinguish businesses broadly around firearms — including manufacturing, transporting, transferring or storing them — as essential and let them stay open during disaster declarations.

Under the bill, guns also couldn’t be confiscated and the concealed weapons law couldn’t be circumvented during emergency declarations.

The sponsor, Republican Sen. Todd Lakey, said Gov. Brad Little helped with the legislation and supports the bill.

SOME REPUBLICANS STILL TAKE ISSUE WITH MARRIAGE EQUALITY

A routine bill that puts state tax code in line with federal law got derailed when a group of Republicans encouraged a “no” vote.

Why? Because the feds recognize same-sex marriage. A 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision made same-sex marriage legal, which overruled Idaho’s ban on gay marriage. Republicans made the same objections on the same conformity bill in 2017.

“Using the federal definition does recognize marriages that do not fit the one-man, one-woman category marriage that we have committed to being the only recognized marriage in our state,” Republican Rep. Ron Nate said on the floor.

The bill still ultimately passed with a 46-22 vote.

WHAT ELSE HAPPENED?

COMMITTEES TO WATCH TODAY

The House is expected on the floor at 11 a.m. The Senate’s expected on the floor at 11:15 a.m.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.