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Public to Idaho legislators: leave Medicaid expansion law alone

The overriding message from the public to lawmakers at a well-attended public hearing Friday was this: the voters have spoken, leave Medicaid expansion alone. (CBS 2 photo)

Medicaid Expansion in Idaho, overwhelmingly approved by voters in November, is expected to provide health care services to 62,000 low income Idahoans.

And the overriding message from the public to lawmakers at a well-attended public hearing was this: the voters have spoken, leave Medicaid expansion alone, don't put on any sideboards or additional rules on the law, just allocate the money and follow the will of the people.

No action was taken at Friday's hearing but there was action over in the Senate State Affairs Committee.

In an 8 to 1 vote, the committee voted to send Marsy's Law to the full Senate for debate and a vote.

Marsy's Law is the proposed amendment to the state constitution aimed at expanding the rights of crime victims in Idaho.

Some senators say they feel the best way to do that is by beefing up existing state law not amending the Idaho constitution but they voted anyway to move Marsy's Law on to the Senate floor.

The proposal that would change Idaho's 1994 Victim Rights Amendment by requiring victims to be timely notified of court proceedings involving suspects.

Similar proposals have failed in the Legislature in previous years. But Republican Sen. Todd Lakey of Nampa said problems that included unclear language have been fixed.

The same committee also voted along party lines to send a bill updating Idaho's partial birth abortion ban to the full Senate. The bill would add exceptions for the health of the mother and mirror the federal partial birth abortion bill which has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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