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Parental rights bill stirs testimony, legal objections

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill seeking to expand parental rights in Idaho has sparked concerns from attorneys who say its implementation could spark a new slew of lawsuits. Family advocates who support the measure, HB 113, say it's needed because state law fails to outline parental freedoms. The House State Affairs Committee listened to nearly two hours of testimony on legislation that would expand Idaho law to say parents and legal guardians have the fundamental right to make decisions regarding the care, custody, education and control of their children. Republican Rep. Janet Trujillo of Idaho Falls, who sponsored the bill, argues the legislation follows current court rulings. A representative from the Idaho Supreme Court disagreed, saying that the inclusion of education and legal guardians is in conflict with prior court judgments.



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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