Legislative Update: Lawmakers Consider Sanctuary City Bill

Feb 3, 2017

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As we wrap up the fourth week of the Idaho Legislature, lawmakers have been bringing forward more bills, covering issues from tax breaks to hunting and fishing fees.

One bill that came up this week was a preemptive move by some state lawmakers who want to keep so-called "Sanctuary Cities" out of Idaho. Boise State University Political Science Professor Gary Moncrief says it’s indicative of the power that some state legislatures have over their largest cities.

But along with the regular business of the legislature, an on-going feud was resolved. House Speaker Scott Bedke re-instated the committee assignments of North Idaho Representative Heather Scott after a period of exile. In our 2017 Weekly Legislative Update, Moncrief says that drama appears to be over.

According to Moncrief, lawmakers are about a third of the way through the 2017 session.

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