- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho House panel has narrowly killed a bill that would have wiped out local ordinances banning knives in schools and jails.

The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee voted 9-8 to nix the plan on Monday.

Republican Sen. Lee Heider says the goal of the bill was to let the state create uniform regulations, instead of allowing district-by-district rules.

But Democratic Rep. John Gannon says that the proposal would ban all school district regulation on knives with a two-and-a-half inch blade or smaller - and leave the legislature almost no time to pass a comprehensive law to replace them.

Michael Kane from the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association says the bill would have also allowed inmates to produce and possess knives in jails.

The proposal had already passed the Senate 25-10.

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