On January 1, 2019, State Representative Greg Chaney (R-Caldwell) introduced House Bill 64 (H0064). The stated purpose of the legislation is to “obtain data about the abnormal and deviant processes or events arising from the performance or completion of abortions.”
House Bill 64 revises complication reporting through modifying existing Idaho law. It will not impact the current litigation over the Idaho Abortion Complications Reporting Act nor will it financially impact the state of Idaho. The bill simply revises the law to ensure more medically accurate and helpful reports of abortion complications.
On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, the Idaho House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 64 with a vote of 54 – 16. On Friday, February 15, 2019, the Senate State Affairs Committee passed H0064 out of committee with a “Do Pass Recommendation.” On February 18, the bill was filed for “3rd Reading” and now awaits action on the Senate floor.
Sponsor: Representative Greg Chaney (R-Caldwell)
Bill status: Senate, 3rd Reading (02.18.2019)
Lindsey Zea is a Policy and Research Associate with the Madison Liberty Institute. Lindsey holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from BYU-Idaho and loves finding applications of history to current events and political debates. She also serves as a Policy Analyst with the Better Cities Project (BCP) and formerly interned with the Libertas Institute in Utah.