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Governor Otter Praises Passage Of Child Support Enforcement Bill

Butch Otter
Idaho Statesman
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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter praised lawmakers for successfully passing child support enforcement legislation during the Idaho Legislature's 11-hour special session.

Otter told reporters Tuesday that he will sign the bill once it gets to his desk.

Otter called a special session —the first once since 2006— after nine House members killed a bill during the regular legislative session that would have made Idaho in compliance with federal child support collection and enforcement rules. Opponents described the bill as federal overreach, while other raised fears over the bill's connection with an international treaty.

However, both chambers were able to pass a slightly revised version on Monday.

Senate President Pro Brent Hill thanked lawmakers in both houses and refuted claims that passing the bill resulted in Idaho relinquishing its sovereignty.