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Child Support Issue Could Bring Idaho Lawmakers Back To Capitol

A view of the Idaho State Capitol from Downtown Boise
Bev Sykes
A view of the Idaho State Capitol from Downtown Boise

The Idaho legislature adjourned its overtime session over the weekend.

But the failure of lawmakers to address an issue having to do with child support payments could bring them back to the Capitol.

At issue is an international treaty whereby countries, including the United States, agree to enforce each others’ child support orders. Some conservative Idaho lawmakers argued this could put the state in a position of enforcing Sharia Law.

That was enough to kill the bill in the final hours of the legislative session. As a result, Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare said the state could immediately lose $16 million in federal funding, along with access to databases that help Idaho collect child support payments.

A spokeswoman for the agency said they’re in talks with the federal government. She added that they’re already hearing from Idaho families worried about not receiving payments.

Meanwhile, the controversy has resulted in some intra-party feuding between Republicans who exchanged barbed emails over the weekend. One Republican supporter of the measure is already calling for lawmakers to return to the Capitol to address the issue.

Copyright 2015 Northwest News Network

Jessica Robinson
Jessica Robinson reported for four years from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho as the network's Inland Northwest Correspondent. From the politics of wolves to mining regulation to small town gay rights movements, Jessica covered the economic, demographic and environmental trends that have shaped places east of the Cascades. Jessica left the Northwest News Network in 2015 for a move to Norway.