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Scott Bedke

Governor wants review of Idaho's faith-healing exemption

The governor said Thursday he is concerned with the number of children who die in Idaho because their parents choose faith healing for religious reasons over medical assistance.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said he has asked state House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill to form a committee to study the issue in the next few months.

The Republican governor believes the state can find a balance that protects children and supports religious freedom.

"At what point does that become child neglect or abuse is a question I can't answer," Otter said. "I think everybody cares about the health of children, but we have to understand the No....