Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin on Tuesday issued an govt order banning vaccine mandates and required coronavirus testing in colleges and faculties within the state, prompting Gov. Brad Little to say he had not licensed her to behave on his behalf whereas he was on the U.S-Mexico border. 

Little mentioned he would “rescind” any govt orders McGeachin points whereas he’s away and he or she is performing governor, together with her try this week to ship National Guard troops to the border. 

“I am in Texas performing my duties as the duly elected Governor of Idaho, and I have not authorized the Lt. Governor to act on my behalf,” Little mentioned in a press release on Tuesday. “I will be rescinding and reversing any actions taken by the Lt. Governor when I return.” He is predicted again within the state on Wednesday. 

In Idaho, the governor and lieutenant governor don’t run on the identical ticket and McGeachin and Little have beforehand butted heads. She can be operating for governor in 2022. 


In May when Little was out of state, she issued an govt order banning masks mandates that Little eradicated when he returned, saying these choices have been finest left to native officers. 

Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin of Idaho addresses a rally on the Statehouse steps in Boise, Sept. 15, 2021. 

Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin of Idaho addresses a rally on the Statehouse steps in Boise, Sept. 15, 2021. 
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The new govt order additionally prevents employers from requiring their workers to be vaccinated towards COVID-19 and is an extension of 1 Little issued in April that banned mandates at state services not together with colleges, in line with the Idaho Statesman. 


McGeachin mentioned she had “fixed” the order. “I will continue to fight for your individual liberty!” she tweeted. 

Maj. Gen. Michael J. Garshak, the commanding normal of the Idaho National Guard, additionally mentioned that as performing governor McGeachin doesn’t have the authority to ship the National Guard to the border. 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little at a March 2020 news conference. 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little at a March 2020 information convention. 
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McGeachin disputed that declare, writing to Garshak on Tuesday, “My constitutional authority as Governor affords me the power of activating the Idaho National Guard. As the Adjutant General, I am requesting information from you on the steps needed for the Governor to activate the National Guard.”

Garshak replied hours later, “I am unaware of any request for Idaho National Guard assistance under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) from Texas or Arizona. As you are aware, the Idaho National Guard is not a law enforcement agency.”

Little was in Texas this week assembly with different 9 different Republican governors to debate the disaster on the border. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.