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Statesman: Special Session needed

Idaho Statesman Editorial Board:

Some weeks ago we applied the maxim that “nothing good happens after midnight” to our Idaho Legislature, fearing some last-minute maneuvering might produce a rash or regrettable outcome. Well, it happened. Before midnight Friday in the waning hours of the 2015 session the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee voted 9-8 to reject federal child support rules – which has had the effect of putting the state system in limbo and jeopardizing “$46 million in direct federal aid and more than $200 million in child support collections the state processes annually,” according to Bill Dentzer’s report in the Idaho Statesman Tuesday. We get the rationale of those who voted against these federal mandates, but we don’t buy it. Some members on the committee feared Idaho would have to enforce child support decisions by foreign jurisdictions – perhaps even having to accept Sharia law. More here.

Question: I wonder if any of the 9 who voted against the Child Support services bill are beginning to realize how badly they messed up. I'd like to think so. But I'm a realist. Thoughts?

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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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