Governor Brad Little held an update today on the COVID-19 emergency at 12:00 p.m. MST.
It was unclear prior to the announcement everything Little would discuss. The announcement did mention he would be discussing the “emergency” but no further clarification was listed.
In today’s announcement, Little attacked the Idaho legislature which is seeking to end his emergency order.
Little spent much of his time going after the legislature for their current proposals and mentioned the Idaho House specifically.
Here are some of the lines from Little’s speech:
I believe in my heart that what the Idaho legislature is doing is harmful to our people and wrong for Idaho.
I urge my partners in the legislature to stop the political games and do what is right for the people of Idaho.
Abandon the myth that the emergency declaration somehow shuts down Idaho. Abandon the myth that the emergency declaration somehow infringes on your rights. Abandon these irresponsible attempts to undo Idaho’s emergency declaration, an action that only puts the lives and livelihoods of our families and neighbors in jeopardy.
Partway through Little’s announcement, he had General Mike Garshak of the Idaho Army National Guard come up and speak.
Garshack spoke about how the National Guard is currently helping Idaho under the current emergency order. Part of what the National Guard has been doing is providing screening for COVID-19 tests and that they would be helping to administer the vaccines.
Garshak said in part of his speech,
It is not the time to stand down. Cancelling Idaho’s emergency declaration would do just that. In order for the National Guard to respond to domestic emergencies beyond 72 hours, a formal disaster declaration is required by law.
Little closed out his speech with a plea to Idahoans to contact their legislators and ask them to stop trying to end the emergency order.
Here is what Little said in part,
Contact your state legislators and tell them not to take away one of our strongest tools to end this pandemic and get back to normal.
Idaho Dispatch is currently reaching out to Idaho legislators and seeking a response to Little’s announcement today. We will run those quotes in a future article.
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Tags: Brad Little, Coronavirus, Emergency Orders, Vaccine