Idaho governor reverses lieutenant governor’s ban on mask mandates

Idaho governor reverses lieutenant governor’s ban on mask mandates

Well, that didn’t take long.

Idaho’s Republican Gov. Brad Little reversed an order from his lieutenant governor that outlawed all mask mandates in the state Friday — then ripped her action as an “irresponsible, self-serving political stunt” that “amounts to tyranny.”

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued the order Thursday while Little was attending the annual Republican Governors Association conference in Nashville.

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Under Idaho’s Constitution, the lieutenant governor is the acting governor and has the power to issue executive orders while the governor is out of state, though it is not clear whether that power had been used before.

McGeachin’s order took effect at 11 a.m. Thursday, hours before Little returned from Nashville to, as he put it, “clean up a mess.”

Little never issued a statewide mask mandate during the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the decision up to local jurisdictions. Two counties and 10 cities still have mandates in place, as do multiple schools.

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