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Legislature OKs Child Support Bill

Update: The Senate has voted 33-2 in favor of HB 1, the revised child support enforcement bill, sending the measure to the governor’s desk and wrapping up the business of today’s special session of the Idaho Legislature after a bit more than 11 hours, without a break. The two senators voting “no” were Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood; and Brent Regan, who was filling in for Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens. You can read Betsy Russell's full story here at

Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, said the bill “escaped my notice the first time it came to the Senate.” She read from George Washington’s farewell address about “foreign influence.” Nuxoll said her concerns include that she believes Idaho would be entering into a foreign treaty; that states must pass “substantial parts of HB 1 verbatim,” which she said violates “our Republican principles of local control; that the bill includes two severability clauses; and that “access to information is not defined well enough.” She said, “Won’t Idaho be held hostage to this international authority? This bill is so confusing and so complex, and because it’s so complicated, it’s subject to conflicting interpretations.” She asked, “If we pass this bill, will we compromise our freedom, and the very freedom of the children and parents we are trying to help?/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (Eye on Boise photo: acting senator Brent Regan debates against bill on Senate floor)

Question: I wonder how thrilled Idaho senators are re: having an acting senator, Brent Regan, waste time talking against the bill when it's a slam dunk at this point?

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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