Senate floor file april 2021

The Idaho Senate meets during its regular session in April of 2021

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After a virtual closed-door caucus this morning, Senate Republicans have announced that they're not in favor of reconvening the Legislature to address health care system employee vaccine requirements, but do want to hold meetings with stakeholders aimed at resolving the issue. You can read my full story here at (subscription required), or pick up Saturday's Idaho Press; here is the full caucus statement:

"The Idaho State Senate Majority Caucus released a statement today regarding the recent COVID-19 vaccine requirements set by some Idaho healthcare facilities. As Senate Republicans we hold firm the belief that state government should not overregulate business, however, individual liberties must be protected to ensure Idahoans are able to work and provide for their families. We call on business leaders, the Governor’s office, and our colleagues in House leadership to join the Senate in a series of meetings to find solutions that will protect the employees, patients, and the viability of our healthcare systems in Idaho. Business thrives when government involvement is limited, and it is our hope that this issue can be resolved before more regulation, as the result of legislation, needs to be considered."

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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