In responding to Taryn Thompson's poignant Facebook post in support of the Child Support bill killed by the Idaho House Judiciary & Rules Committee, state Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d'Alene, admits to having second thoughts about the legislation that she initially voted for:
Taryn, thanks for sharing your heartfelt thoughts and life experiences. Yours are the very reasons, I believe, that this law is being examined so closely. No one wants to further endanger kids and Moms. It is critical, though, that we protect Moms and kids and everyone else, from the possible subjugation of our laws to the laws of another country. That's why, even though I voted for the bill because my initial questions were answered, the House committee's testimony several weeks later brought forward more serious issues with this bill. Until we can be sure of what this bill's impacts will truly be, it's more than reasonable to hold it in place. The Sharia law thing is not the key issue and was only mentioned once or twice in the House committee's hearing, I'm told. Sharia is what the media has used as their headlines to remove credibility from those using judicious caution when considering this push by the Feds to include new language in an existing law. The House committee wanted to amend the bill, to make is more acceptable, but were told the Feds would not fund it if even one word was changed. Does that make you suspicious? It is the Feds who are changing the current law and threatening Idaho if we don't go along. Let's take care with this decision.