The Division of Government Responsibilities in the COVID-19 Era
Sponsored by the Idaho State Bar Government and Public Lawyers Section
3.0 CLE credits of which 3.0 are NAC
$45 – General Registration
Join the Government and Public Lawyers Section for a discussion covering the myriad of issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the response and responsibilities of our state and local governments. The three panel sections on the division of government responsibilities and powers will be: (1) federal and state; (2) state, county, and police; and (3) municipal powers and government employers.
The program includes:
Welcome – Section Chair Adam Dingeldein, Office of the Idaho Attorney General
Federal, State Governor, and State Health District Powers Panel Discussion
Brian C. Wonderlich, General Counsel for Governor Brad Little, Adam Warr, Deputy for the Office of the Idaho Attorney General, Contracts & Administrative Law Division, and Charles I. Wadams, City Attorney & Risk Manager for Garden City
- The governor’s executive emergency powers;
- The state health district’s emergency powers; and
- The division of government responsibilities and responses under the Federal CARES Act.
State Legislature, County, and Police Powers Panel Discussion
Brian P. Kane, Assistant Chief Deputy for the Office of the Idaho Attorney General, Philip A. McGrane, Ada County Clerk, and Elizabeth A. Koeckeritz, Koeckeritz Law, PLLC, Former Civil Section Senior Manager for the Boise City Attorney’s Office
- The Special Legislative Session (immunity and elections);
- Absentee voting during the pandemic;
- What level of government is responsible for medical issues; and
- Police tactics during the pandemic (use of force and police response during the Special Legislative Session).
Municipal Powers and Government Employers Panel Discussion
William L.M. Nary, City Attorney & Risk Manager for Meridian, Elizabeth A. Koeckeritz, Koeckeritz Law, PLLC, Former Civil Section Senior Manager for the Boise City Attorney’s Office, and Charles I. Wadams, City Attorney & Risk Manager for Garden City
- Can municipal government require the public to wear masks, or otherwise adopt regulations to address the pandemic, or is there preemption;
- Open meeting rules for municipalities during the pandemic;
- Government employment issues during the pandemic and back to work plans;
- Can a government employer require people to wear masks; and
- Can a government employer require employees to get a vaccine.
Concluding Remarks – Charles I. Wadams, Past Chairperson, City Attorney & Risk Manager for Garden City