Idaho Public TV reporter Melissa Davlin writes today that when IPTV’s “Idaho Reports” requested a comment from 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador last week on his involvement with Idaho’s failed child support enforcement legislation, his staff denied Labrador had any involvement outside of calling Rep. Lynn Luker, a member of the committee who voted to table the legislation, to offer support as a friend. Now, the Associated Press is reporting that Labrador edited and offered suggestions to Luker on his op-ed piece explaining his support of the 9-8 vote to kill the bill, which has placed Idaho’s entire child support enforcement system in jeopardy.
Today, Labrador told Davlin he does have concerns. “You always have to worry about the due process rights that other countries have,” said Labrador, an immigration attorney. But he wouldn’t say if he supports or opposes the bill, and said that’s up to state lawmakers. Labrador said he advised Luker to keep his message simple and not get “lost in the weeds.” He also said that he has offered his staff’s support to lawmakers, telling House Speaker Scott Bedke they can contact his office if they have any questions. “That’s what we’re there for,” he said. You can read Davlin’s full post here.