Idaho to Use Defense Fund to Cover $900,000 in Attorney Fees
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will pay roughly $900,000 in legal fees using the state's Constitutional Defense Fund after recently losing three key lawsuits, including the state's failed attempt to uphold its same-sex marriage ban.
The fund will also cover fees for the winning plaintiffs in a case that overturned an anti-abortion law and another case where the state sought to restrict protesters from camping near the Statehouse.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden unanimously voted Monday to use the fund to cover the attorneys' fees and costs.
However, doing so reduced the fund from $1.2 million to about $300,000. Otter says he will ask lawmakers to boost the fund back up to the million-dollar range at the beginning of the 2016 legislative session.