Idaho House approves measure taking aim at limits on crowd sizes

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, file photo, the Idaho Senate gathers in the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. A proposed constitutional amendment that would prevent the legalization of pot and other psychoactive drugs has cleared the Idaho Senate and is headed to the House. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation taking aim at limits on how many people can gather during the coronavirus pandemic has cleared the Idaho House but it doesn’t appear likely to have any force.

The House voted to approve the measure Wednesday. It was triggered by lawmaker anger over restrictions on crowd sizes that the Idaho High School Activities Association set for the girls’ state basketball tournament this month.

The legislation targets Republican Gov. Brad Little’s health order last week that raised the limits on gatherings from 10 to 50.

However, his order recommends but doesn’t require a 50-person limit. Association officials say the crowd limit is intended to keep kids safe.

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