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SR: Special Session Needed

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter must call the Legislature back into session. If he does not do so at his scheduled news conference Thursday, the good work done on schools and transportation will be diminished by an irresponsible committee vote that tabled legislation essential to Idaho participation in federal child support and family assistance programs. The failure to comply with new requirements will affect 400,000 Idahoans – 25 percent of the state’s population. If the Legislature does not act within 60 days, $16.1 million in federal funds that pay most state child support administrative costs will be cut off. About 100 state employees responsible for 155,000 child support cases, many involving multiple children, will lose their jobs/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: The Spokesman-Review and the Coeur d'Alene Press both agree that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter should call a special session to undo the mess caused by that clueless vote in the House Judiciary & Rules Committee. Any questions?

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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