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Idaho lawmakers begin special session due to coronavirus

by Keith Ridler
| August 24, 2020 9:40 AM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers started a special session Monday to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

The special session called by Republican Gov. Brad Little will look at changes to elections laws to smooth voting for the Nov. 3 election.

Lawmakers are also planning to look at changes to liability laws they say are needed to protect businesses, schools and government entities from lawsuits from people who get COVID-19.

Space was limited in the gallery in the House of Representatives due to the virus, but people started and banging on doors. Someone shattered glass on the doors, and the crowd made their way in to fill gallery seating.

Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke reminded the crowd there was no standing, and many filed out. Two conservative lawmakers also went into the gallery to request decorum from the crowd.