Idaho’s current anti-terrorism law goes too far, according to Sen. Mike Burkett, D-Boise, defining terrorism so broadly that it could include someone marching in a Martin Luther King Day demonstration. “I think this statute is just too broad,” Burkett, an attorney, told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It doesn’t make sense to me that we want to label someone as a terrorist and sentence them to life in prison. … I think this should be on acts that we all think of as terrorist, and not just protest.”
Though Burkett is a member of the small Democratic minority, the committee’s chairman, GOP Sen. Denton Darrington of Declo, seconded the motion to introduce the bill.