A number of legislators have spoken out against Governor Brad Little over the last year ever since his initial “stay-at-home” order.
During Idaho’s “Extraordinary Session” last August, a resolution was filed in the Idaho House to end the emergency order. That resolution passed the House but was never taken up by the Idaho Senate.
The 2021 Idaho legislative session is underway and a number of proposals are in the legislature to end the emergency order.
Last week Little criticized the legislature for attempting to end the order and asked citizens to tell their legislators to back down. Some legislators spoke out against Little and some supported his criticism.
No legislator was more outspoken in their criticism of Little than Rep. Chad Christensen, a Republican in District 32.
Idaho Dispatch has been given a draft bill (DRRCB136) from Christensen that calls for Governor Brad Little to be impeached by the Idaho House.
Christensen had the articles of impeachment drafted for consideration during the 2021 Idaho legislative session.
Within the impeachment articles are seven primary reasons Christensen says the governor should be impeached. A summary of the allegations are listed below and an image of the actual bill can be found at the end of this article:
Article 1: The governor has abused his power by repeatedly extending and enhancing the state of emergency and amassing power to his office that should rest with the legislative and judicial branches in violation of the Idaho Constitution and Idaho statutes.
Article 2: The governor has unconstitutionally and through a series of factually unsupported emergency proclamations merged the powers of the legislative and judicial branches into the executive branch.
Article 3: The governor violated Section 13, Article VII of the Idaho Constitution by creating a committee to determine how some federal money was to be spent which only the legislature only has the authority to do.
Article 4: The governor violated Idahoans’ rights to self-determination, the right to earn a living, the right to freely associate with others, the right to exercise their religion, the right to travel, and the right to informed consent, and self-determination for medical issues.
Article 5: The governor acted on his own, without the approval of the legislature, by suspending numerous statutes of the state of Idaho.
Article 6: The governor violated his oath of office by not discharging the duties of his office to support the Constitution of the United States and the Idaho State Constitution.
Article 7: The governor has violated the 1st, 5th, and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The governor also violated Sections 1, 2, 4, 10, and 13, Article 1, of the Idaho Constitution.
Idaho Dispatch asked Christensen what his primary motivation was for filing the Articles of Impeachment. Here is what Christensen told us:
I feel Governor Little has violated the Constitution in many aspects. The most egregious violations are of the 1st Amendment, by not allowing people to peacefully assemble and later limiting those gatherings. He has violated the right to worship by shutting down churches. He has violated the contract clause in the Constitution by shutting down businesses and interfering with business contracts. He has violated the Idaho Constitution by appropriating funds, only the legislature has that authority. The list is much longer, but these are the most significant for me.
I stand on principle and the Constitution. I don’t do this to incite violence or cause division. I do what I feel is right.
I am truly sorry for those affected by COVID. I am not heartless. However, nothing justifies the gross violation of God-given rights, in my opinion.
I have entertained the idea of impeachment for some time. At a point in time, I decided to back off. Recently, Governor Little gave a speech stating that it is a myth that he has violated rights protected in the Constitution. At that time, I had enough. It was time to educate all Idahoans of his blatant violations
In order to move the articles of impeachment forward, Christensen will have to introduce the draft in the House State Affairs Committee. That committee is currently chaired by Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa).
Idaho Dispatch asked Christensen if he believes that impeachment had any chance to pass through committee and eventually the entire Idaho House.
Here is what Christensen said,
As stated, my main mission is to educate all Idahoans. I believe most Idahoans are very aware of Governor Little’s violations of the U.S. and Idaho Constitutions. However, there are many out there that are not apprised of these violations.
The impeachment bill has a tough hill to climb to get through the House State Affairs Committee. Chairman Crane has previously indicated that he did not want to hear an impeachment bill. However, I am hopeful that will citizens and other legislators reaching out to him and making their voices known that they want this to happen, he will at least give it a public hearing and a chance for the people frustrated with the governor to have their voices heard. “
Little’s office has previously informed Idaho Dispatch that he does not comment on pending legislation. Therefore, we will not be reaching out to him for comment at this time.
If Little does come out with public comment in the future, Idaho Dispatch will cover his response accordingly.
Idaho Dispatch also reached out to House State Affairs Committee Chairman Crane for comment but have not yet received a response.
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