The House has reconvened and is suspending the rules to consider bills that came out of House committees yesterday or today; the first is HB 417, from representatives Jason Monks, R-Meridian, and Bruce Skaug, R-Nampa, on vaccine and workers’ compensation claims. The monks, opening the debate, told the House: “This makes it easier for them to file these compensation claims.”
“It won’t solve all the problems in the vaccine debate,” Skaug told the House, but he said it would help people with the bills.
Representative John Gannon, D-Boise, said, “This is a fairness bill. If an employer requires an employee to be vaccinated and if there is a negative consequence of that vaccination, “it is fair to demand that this be covered by workers’ compensation, he said. .
Other items on the House’s “recess schedule” for this afternoon, apparently in no particular order, are Bills 419, 421, 415, 412, 414, 429; SJM 105, the memorial that was passed by the Senate this morning; and UNHCR 24, a resolution on legal action over the vaccine mandate.
Betsy Z. Russell is Boise Bureau Chief and State Capital reporter for Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.