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New Child Support Bill Surfaces Which Triggers Special Session of Idaho Legislature

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IDHW Director Dick Armstrong, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and Lt. Governor Brad Little. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • IDHW Director Dick Armstrong, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and Lt. Governor Brad Little.
The revised proposed piece of legislation which will become the centerpiece of a special session of the 2015 Idaho Legislature later this month, the first in nine years, has been unveiled publicly. Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter posted the proposed measure online Monday afternoon.

The proposal comes in the shadow of an Idaho House committee rejecting Senate Bill 1067, putting Idaho into a tailspin and in peril of losing much-needed federal funding to operate a system designed to collect and distribute child support payments.

Otter insists that the new measure "would achieve the same goals with much of the same language" as the original bill, but it also includes new language to "fine-tune subtleties." Otter said the new language was crafted with the help of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis and at least two lawmakers—Reps. Lynn Luker and Dayley, both Republicans—who opposed the original bill.

Among other changes, the new bill strikes out multiple references to definitions of foreign countries or political subdivisions and adds language to indicate that foreign countries must have reciprocal arrangements for child support similar to Idaho's.
 
Some conservative members of the Idaho Legislature had pushed back against the original measure, saying that the initial proposal might have aligned Idaho with some nations where Sharia law was practiced.

The nine Idaho House members who voted to kill the bill were Republican Reps. Thomas Dayley, Lynn Luker, Shannon McMillan, Kathleen Sims, Janet Trujillo, Don Cheatham, Ryan Kerby, Ronald Nate and Heather Scott.

You can read the full bill's language here. 

The special session has been slated to gave in on Monday, May 18.