Presentation of a resolution honoring the late coach Ed Cheff | North West

BOISE — A resolution honoring Lewis-Clark State College baseball coach Ed Cheff was presented to the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

Sen. Robert Blair, R-Kendrick, co-sponsored the measure, along with Reps. Lori McCann and Mike Kingsley, both R-Lewiston.

The Cheff legislation was one of three bills or resolutions introduced Wednesday by lawmakers in north-central Idaho.

Rep. Charlie Shepherd, R-Pollock, has introduced a bill prohibiting companies from taking disciplinary action against employees who refuse to get a coronavirus shot.

Sen. Carl Crabtree, R-Grangeville, also introduced legislation giving charter schools the flexibility to offer charter school-specific teaching certifications for certain members of the community.

None of the measures have an invoice number yet. The resolution advanced to the Senate floor; the other bills will return to committee for public hearings.

Cheff, who became head baseball coach at LCSC in 1977, died in January at the age of 78.

“This resolution recognizes Coach Cheff for his dedication, drive and desire,” said Blair, who introduced the measure.

The resolution says Cheff compiled a record of 1,705-430-4 during his 34-year career at the LCSC. It is the fifth-most winning number by a college baseball coach and the second-highest winning percentage.

The measure goes on to note that “under Ed’s leadership, the LCSC Warrior’s have become a national powerhouse, winning 16 National (NAIA) championships…by far the most for any college baseball coach at any level.”

The resolution “honors the life and accomplishments of Coach Ed Cheff, recognizes his outstanding contributions to college baseball, Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston and the State of Idaho, and offers condolences and best best wishes to his family and friends”.

Shepherd’s bill would prohibit most Idaho employers from firing, refusing to hire, or discriminating against someone for refusing to be vaccinated or refusing to disclose their vaccination status.

The legislation applies specifically to the COVID-19 vaccination or any other vaccination made available under a Federal Emergency Use Authorization.

Federal agencies and companies or organizations that employ healthcare workers would also be exempt from the proposed restrictions.

“The reason I think we need something like this in code is because the mess they have in Canada is getting to us,” Shepherd said, referring to a week-long trucker protest. regarding COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

“People think we have a problem (with the supply chain) now,” Shepherd said. “But that will be nothing compared to when the shelves are empty and the trucks parked because people are tired of companies telling employees what they can or cannot do.”

Rep. Steve Berch, D-Boise, noted that marketing personnel who work for high-tech companies and other manufacturers often have to travel to foreign countries as part of their job.

“This bill states that employers cannot require employees to be vaccinated, even if the country they are visiting requires vaccinations against COVID-19,” he said. “There are so many examples where getting vaccinated is part of the job responsibility. This bill is unenforceable in many circumstances. I think it will hurt businesses in a very real way.

Crabtree has sponsored legislation giving charter schools the ability to issue charter school-specific teaching credentials to individuals who do not have standard teaching credentials.

Credentials can only be issued to people who are at least 18 years old and have a bachelor’s degree. Those teaching vocational technical education would need a bachelor’s degree or industry certification or a minimum of 6,000 hours of work experience.

Certified teachers would also have to meet the same criminal background check requirements and felony conviction restrictions that apply to other teachers.

Rep. Charlie Shepherd, R-Pollock, introduced similar legislation last session, though it applies to public schools, as well as charter schools. This bill passed in the House 54-13, but then died in the Senate.

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