Little meets with nine other Republican governors in Texas over concerns about how President Joe Biden is handling border issues. In Idaho, the governor and lieutenant governor don’t run on the same ticket. Little was expected late on Wednesday.
Little’s executive order appears to lay the groundwork for a judicial challenge to determine who is in charge if the governor leaves the state.
Little’s order states that he did not authorize McGeachin to act and cites Idaho law.
“Even my temporary presence in Texas for official affairs does not affect my ability to represent the people of Idaho, requiring action from another executive to ensure continuity of state government,” the executive order said.
The order also states that Little had previously prohibited government agencies from requiring vaccine passports through an executive order.
Little’s order also states that McGeachin’s order to ban Covid-19 testing would affect the state’s ability to contain the spread of the disease.
Idaho is currently under crisis care standards as unvaccinated Covid-19 patients fill hospitals. Almost 3,000 people have died from the disease in the state.