SENATE PASSES TRANSGENDER ATHLETICS BAN

by Kevin Richert, IdahoEdNews.org

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After an hour of debate — centering on several familiar talking points — the Senate passed a controversial transgender athletics bill late Monday afternoon.

The 24-11 vote brings House Bill 500 one step closer to Gov. Brad Little’s desk. But there’s one step in between: even though the House passed the bill on Feb. 26, it will have to vote to decide whether to sign on with the Senate’s amendments.

ITD Issues 90-Day Extension On Expiring Credentials, Encourages Use Of Online Services

News Release | Idaho Transportation Department

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BOISE – To reduce large gatherings of people, the Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Motor Vehicle is instituting a 90-day extension on some credentials. The public is also encouraged to use the DMV's online services rather than go to the county sheriffs' and assessors' offices for essential services.

Incredible, Edible Aquifer: An At Home Educational Treat

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

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The Incredible, Edible Aquifer is one of our most popular outreach activities at schools and events. This project uses tasty ingredients to illustrate the different layers of an aquifer and to show what happens when one becomes contaminated. Get the recipe and instructions here: https://go.usa.gov/xEsxN

 

State Waives Costs For COVID-19 Testing

News Release | WA Department of Health

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OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) are making sure residents don’t face financial barriers to COVID-19 testing when they need it. Insurance Commissioner Kreidler issued an emergency order to state-regulated health plans on March 5 to:

  • Cover testing (including any lab fees) and the related visit for COVID-19 without copays or deductibles.
  • Suspend any prior authorization requirement for treatment or testing of COVID-19.
  • Allow enrollees to be treated by another provider within a reasonable distance at no additional cost if there are not enough in-network providers.

The copay and deductible waiver also applies to all high-deductible health plans with qualifying health savings accounts (HSAs), according to guidance from the Internal Revenue Service. This emergency order is in effect from March 5 through May 4, 2020.

Inslee Announces Statewide Shutdown Of Restaurants, Bars And Expanded Social Gathering Limits

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Gov. Jay Inslee announced today an emergency proclamation that mandates the immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities, as well as additional limits on large gatherings. The new orders go into effect at midnight tonight and will be in place through March 31.

A Good Samaritan in Lewiston

A grateful grandchild looking to anonymously get a message out.

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"Friday afternoon my grandparents were out eating at Arby’s on Thain in Lewiston. While my grandma was eating she began to choke. A Good Samaritan recognized the situation and quickly took action successfully giving her the Heimlich maneuver, allowing her to breathe again. My grandparents have no idea who the kind stranger that sprung into action was, but on behalf of my grandparents and our entire family we wanted to extend a sincere THANK YOU!!! You saved a life today!

"My grandma also wanted to let the gentleman know that he left his glasses at Arby’s and can pick them up there!"

Know how to keep yourself safe during flood season!

National Weather Service | Remain aware of the weather and your surroundings.

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Flood Safety Tips and Resources

Flooding is a coast-to-coast threat to some part of the United States and its territories nearly every day of the year. This site is designed to teach you how to stay safe in a flood event. If you know what to do beforeduring, and after a flood you can increase your chances of survival and better protect your property. For instance, it is vital to know what to do if you are driving and hit a flooded road. Here you will find an interactive flood map, information describing the different types of flooding and educational material.  You will also learn how the National Weather Service keeps you aware of potentially dangerous flooding situations through alerts and warnings.

Asotin-Anatone School District Superintendent Announces Six-Week Closure

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Today, in response to Governor Inslee’s March 13th emergency proclamation, the Asotin-Anatone School District (AASD) will be closed March 17th through April 24, 2020, in an effort to aggressively slow the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to keeping you updated with information as soon as it becomes available.

We recognize the significant impact this extended closure will have on our entire community, students, families, and staff. Closing the school for a minimum of six weeks mid-year is unprecedented. We acknowledge the anxiety this may cause our students, especially our seniors who are focused on graduation and those students who depend on our school for critical services. We also recognize the burden this will place on our staff and working families.

Idaho’s Price Gouging Law Now in Effect Following Emergency Declarations

STATE OF IDAHO OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL LAWRENCE WASDEN

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(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden reminded businesses today that Idaho’s price gouging statute prohibits selling fuel, food, drugs or water at an exorbitant or excessive price during a declared state of emergency. Governor Brad Little signed an emergency declaration for the state Friday morning, and President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency Friday afternoon. A state or federal emergency declaration triggers the Idaho law.

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