Gov. Otter Calls for Special Session to Fix Child Support Bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will call a special session to address the state's noncompliance with federal child support rules. Otter made the announcement Wednesday morning.
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials say the state's ability to collect and distribute out-of-state child support payments will end in mid-June if state lawmakers don't reconvene and pass the Uniform Interstate Family Security Act. The state also stands to lose $46 million in federal child support funding. Otter told reporters earlier this month that he wasn't yet ready to call a special session.
A House panel voted 9-8 to kill the federal compliance guidelines in the final hours of the legislative session amid concerns it would destroy state sovereignty and cause enforcement of Sharia law. This will be the first special session in nine years.