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McGeachin to talk legislature, schools at town hall Saturday

| April 23, 2021 1:00 AM

COEUR d'ALENE — Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin will update residents Saturday on the progress of the Idaho Legislature’s ongoing session.

The 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. event is at Candlelight Christian Fellowship Church, 5725 N. Pioneer Drive.

It was originally planned as a legislative town hall forum for lawmakers to talk with locals on the would-be-adjourned legislative session. But the two-week closure of the Idaho House and Senate because of COVID-19 will likely extend the legislative session into May. That extension is keeping many local representatives from returning to North Idaho before they adjourn for the year.

McGeachin has been a vocal critic of Gov. Brad Little’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly Little’s orders to shut down non-essential travel and commerce, as well as the gradual re-opening of the state.

McGeachin is also promoting her newly announced Task Force To Examine Indoctrination In Idaho, a group she’s assembling to study what she calls on her official website “the scourge of critical race theory, socialism, communism, and Marxism.”

Critical race theory has taken center stage during the past month of the legislative session. Lawmakers have held up an appropriations bill dedicated to public school teacher pay until the matter gets addressed.

Saturday’s presentation is sponsored by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee.