Bill Dentzer of the Idaho Statesman reports that Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, were involved behind the scenes before the House Judiciary & Rules Committee voted 9-8 to kill the Child Support services bill:
The bill passed the Senate unanimously March 20. Its hearing date before the House committee was twice put off at the request of several house lawmakers who wanted more information, Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Wills, R-Glenns Ferry, said Monday. On April 1, Reps. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, and Lynn Luker, R-Boise; and Sens. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, and Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, met with Health and Welfare and the Attorney General’s Office staff to air their concerns, which dealt with Idaho potentially having to enforce child support decisions rendered according to Sharia law. That meeting came six days after Barbieri hosted a lunch attended by a dozen conservative lawmakers titled “The True Face of Islam in Idaho.” The guest speaker was a conservative Christian pastor, converted from Islam, who spoke about the threat of Sharia law on American jurisprudence. Lawmakers were advised at the April 1 meeting, and again in committee, that the legislation actually strengthened Idaho’s hand in dealing with foreign jurisdictions. More here.