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Otter calls special session for May 18

Gov. Butch Otter calls lawmakers back for a special session (AP / Otto Kitsinger)
Gov. Butch Otter calls lawmakers back for a special session (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

Gov. Butch Otter is calling a special session of the Idaho Legislature for May 18 to address the state’s child support enforcement system. “We spent the last 18 days working very hard to come to some sort of resolution for the unfinished work” of this year’s Legislature, Otter said. He said he’s worked closely with House Speaker Scott Bedke, and the two have been talking at least daily.

“It is very important to the state of Idaho and our continued effort on personal responsibility, and that’s really what it comes down to,” Otter said, “… to have folks that have children not be able to escape that personal responsibility by moving either to another state or another country.”

Otter read a formal proclamation calling the session for 8 a.m. on May 18 in the legislative chambers, finding that there’s a matter “requiring emergency attention.” He limited the session to just the child support enforcement bill.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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