Open Meeting Law expansion bill may die without hearing in Senate

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Though it passed the House on a unanimous, 70-0 vote last week, Senate State Affairs Chairman Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, says at this point, he’s not planning to schedule a hearing on HB 273, the bill to expand the Idaho Open Meeting Law to include state boards or commissions created by executive order. Siddoway said the Senate GOP leadership asked him to put a hold on the bill at the behest of the governor’s office. Without a Senate hearing, the bill would die for this year. Siddoway said he was told that the governor’s office is concerned about groups dealing with cybersecurity, picking winners of the Idaho Medal of Achievement, dealing with workforce development incentives for companies, and military advocacy. “They were looking for some kind of a...

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