Idaho legislature adjourns special session without taking much action

Nov 18, 2021

The Idaho legislature has formally adjourned for the year after finishing a three-day special session.
Credit Courtesy of State of Idaho

The Idaho legislature has adjourned its special session after three days and no legislation approved.

Legislative leaders had called their colleagues together to consider more than 30 bills to push back against a federal employee vaccine mandate.

The House of Representatives approved five bills and sent them to the Senate. But the Senate did little more than refer them to committee and adjourn.

The Senate did adopt a memorial piece of legislation that sends a message to the president and Congress "to make a very forceful statement about our position on the presidential mandates related to Covid-19," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder.

One other thing was accomplished: the censure of Rep. Priscilla Giddings for her role in revealing the identity of a legislative intern who accused a former state representative of raping her.

The Senate formally closed its 2021 session. It is due to reconvene in January.