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AG: Religious Freedom Bill Legally Iffy

An Idaho Attorney General’s opinion, delivered to House State Affairs Committee members shortly before their vote today on HB 427, the religious freedom bill, concluded that the bill conflicts with the Idaho Tort Claims Act and could be vulnerable to a constitutional challenge. The bill, according to the opinion by Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane, “could subject employees to personal liability when they are simply doing their job, and a court later decides that the state or local government policy burdened free exercise of religion”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Fort Boise rightly comments that this information should have been mentioned earlier in the discussion re: the religious freedom bill. Why get worked up for hours, if the bill faces a stiff constitutional challenge?

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