When it came to shielding businesses and government from COVID-related liability, they took a bad idea and embellished it. What started off as an exception made in cases of “good faith” error became a near-total blanket of immunity. The new law says someone has to willfully, recklessly and intentionally infect another before he can be held responsible.
Deliberately left unprotected was the state of Idaho. So if it is deemed merely negligent in the exposure of state prison inmates to COVID-19, it could be hauled into court.
Displayed throughout was a legislative propensity toward mob rule. The loudest voices in the room, not science and reason, prevailed. Politics came first, people came second. The single largest gathering in Boise, a community struggling to contain a COVID-19 outbreak, refused to impose a mask mandate, practice social distancing or limit crowd sizes.
Yet, it now wants to be trusted with:
- More authority over how the governor spends emergency federal dollars. There,…