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Sims Explains Controversial Vote

In the Daily Beast, state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, provides the bizarre reasoning behind her controversial, game-changing vote against the Child Support services bill, which died in the House Judiciary & Rules Committee on a 9-8 vote:

In an interview with The Daily Beast, bill opponent and state rep Kathy Sims said her concerns stemmed from allowing foreign legislation to influence Idaho, giving foreign governments access to U.S. databases, and letting the federal government encroach on Idahoan sovereignty—the first two of which, at least, experts insist are not grounded in reality. “I’m an Idahoan and I’m a woman, and I know what sovereignty, opportunity and equality means, and I want that for my daughters and my granddaughters,” she told the Beast, obliquely referencing Sharia threats. “Foreign laws don’t treat women the same, and I don’t want that to become a problem in the future.” Instead of adapting existing legislation, she wants to lease or buy the federal government’s tracking programs. “If all they’re threatening is $16 million for the first cutoff and $30 [million] for the next, that’s not a problem. Idaho has the money,” Sims says. “If they will not sell it to us, this is definitely a threat, isn’t it?” Full story in The Beast here.

Question: Can anyone explain to us what Rep. Sims is talking about?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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