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Idaho lawmakers want say in spending future US relief money

A House committee voted Tuesday to introduce a measure preventing Republican Gov. Brad Little from spending federal rescue money without lawmakers' involvement.
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Idaho Gov. Brad Little

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers concerned they could be left out again in spending what could be a billion dollars in federal coronavirus rescue money have introduced legislation to prevent that from happening. 

A House committee voted Tuesday to introduce a measure preventing Republican Gov. Brad Little from spending federal rescue money without lawmakers' involvement. That's what he did last year when the Legislature wasn't in session. 

Lawmakers say they should have helped decide how to spend the $1.25 billion Idaho received in rescue money. 

The new legislation changes Idaho law so that money not already accounted for that's coming to the state the rest of the year can't be spent without lawmakers signing off.