Gov. Otter Calls Special Session For Failed Child Support Bill

Apr 29, 2015

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is calling lawmakers back to Boise for a special session May 18 to address a failed child support bill rejected during the 2015 legislative session.

A House panel killed the bill the last day of the session over concerns it could require the state to enforce rulings made in other countries under Islamic law.

The governor said Wednesday he's met with legislative leadership to find a solution that lawmakers in both chambers will approve.

Such legislation is required of every state in the nation to keep the U.S. in compliance with the 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support.

Not passing the bill puts Idaho at risk of losing millions of federal funding and access to child support enforcement and collection tools.