HB 623, Rep. Jeff Thompson's bill to lay out in state law provisions regarding school crossing guards has been killed in the House Transportation Committee on a voice vote. The bill would have authorized crossing guards over age 21 to write crosswalk violation reports and deliver them to a police officer within 72 hours. Committee members said the bill raised lots of issues, from training to appropriate penalties. Thompson, R-Idaho Falls, said, “This is a further measure to protect Idaho's children.”
Rep. Rich Wills, R-Glenns Ferry, said, “I'm concerned about it being criminal.” He called the bill a concept that sounds good on its face, but raises issues on closer examination. Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, said, “I just kind of think this needs more work.” Committee Chairman Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, said, “The sheriff can deputize anybody. … I think what they're asking for is a power that's already out there.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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