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Idaho Democrats Urge Delayed 2021 Legislative Session

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Idaho’s Democratic legislators want to postpone the start of next year’s legislative session until at least April.

Democratic leaders on Tuesday released a letter they sent to the majority Republican leaders. In it, they say it makes sense to wait until vaccines become more available to the general public.

Sen. David Nelson [D-Moscow] says it’s still too early to put 105 legislators in one building for a few months. He says he felt a little uneasy recently when newly-elected lawmakers gathered to get ready for next year.

“At the organizational session, there were only eight or nine out of 35 wearing masks. In that case, I have some N-95 and KN-95 masks I will wear in that situation," Nelson said. "I’ll do everything I can do remotely. I suspect we’ll be able to do our committee work somewhat remotely. It might have to be in a building, in an office, watching a Zoom call, but I will do my best to protect other people.”

Governor Brad Little has also urged legislators to wait or hold their session mostly online.