Republican Legislators Take Proactive Steps on Coronavirus
March 17, 2020
Boise - In light of concern surrounding confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Idaho, state Senate and House Republican caucuses have taken proactive steps for the safety of people working in and for the Legislature. These precautionary measures are based on facts and expert guidance from state and local health officials. At this point there is no community spread of the virus reported in Idaho that would necessitate more restrictive actions.
To date, state and local health district officials have not recommended that the Legislature discontinue its work to finish the 2020 legislative session.
Effective today, at the order of Senate President Pro-Tempore Brent Hill (R-Rexburg) and Speaker of the House of Representatives Scott Bedke (R-Oakley), all House and Senate attaches and non-essential staff were provided the option to work from home or to end employment early as the Legislature is poised to adjourn sine die; some staffers have opted to do so.
Legislators and staff continue to follow precautionary measures recommended by health officials, such as washing hands, staying out of crowded rooms and limiting social contact.
Majority leadership of both chambers have adjusted legislative workloads to expedite finishing business and balancing the state budget as constitutionally required before returning home.
Republican lawmakers said they will continue to follow official health recommendations and represent their constituents in the most responsible manner possible.