Senate panel narrowly backs controversial faith-healing bill

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The Senate State Affairs Committee has voted 5-4 in favor of SB 1182, Sen. Dan Johnson’s controversial bill regarding faith-healing, after most of the nine people who testified this morning spoke against it. Here’s how the vote broke down: Voting in favor: Sens. Hagedorn, Davis, Hill, Lakey and Siddoway. Voting against: Sens. Winder, Lodge, Stennett, and Buckner-Webb. The bill now moves to the full Senate. Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, made the motion to approve it; it was seconded by Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian. “We found a way to introduce a bill to offend everybody - it certainly wasn’t our target,” Davis said. “We weren’t looking for applause. We were looking for something that could be a partial solution and also have...

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