Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin

Clark Corbin, Idaho Capital sun

While serving as acting governor on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued a new executive order banning public schools and the State Department of Education from requiring COVID-19 testing or vaccinations.

McGeachin issued the executive order while Gov. Brad Little was out of state traveling to Texas to visit the U.S. border with Mexico along with nine other governors from the West. 

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Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin is trying to convince legislative leaders to reconvene to consider legislation barring private employers from requiring workers to be vaccinated to stay employed. A prominent business group is opposing her.

Courtesy of Coeur d'Alene School District

Students at Coeur d’Alene’s Lake City High School got a one-day reprieve from wearing masks Friday. But they’ll have to put them back on when they return Tuesday.

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Masks are back in Idaho, at least for the local governments that want them.

In the latest tiff between them, Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin issued an executive order banning mask mandates while Governor Little was out of town. As soon as he returned, he rescinded it.
 
The incident is an escalation of tensions as the 2022 race for governor heats up.

Idaho's Lt. Governor Announces She'll Challenge Governor

May 19, 2021
Screenshot from CBS 2 Boise

Idaho’s number two elected official says she’s going after number one.

Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin announced on Wednesday that she’ll challenge a fellow Republican, Governor Brad Little, in his quest for a second term.

She joins a crowded field of people looking to boot the incumbent from the governor’s mansion.