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House panel rejects Idaho Human Rights Commission rules

January 14, 2020 GMT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of lawmakers on Tuesday rejected a rules package that outlines how the state investigates discrimination complaints involving employment, housing, education and public accommodations.

A majority of lawmakers on the House State Affairs Committee voted not to approve the rules put forward by the Idaho Human Rights Commission.

State agencies this year are seeking approval for their entire administrative rules after lawmakers last year failed to pass a bill approving them.

Some lawmakers on the committee Tuesday said the rules appeared to give the Human Rights Commission too much leeway.

The rules will also be considered by the Senate and could take effect with that chamber’s approval.