2020 Legislative Update: Week Ten

Buzz topics for week ten of Idaho’s 2020 Legislative Session include the second amendment, warrantless arrests, hemp, Idaho families, right to life, and more.

Second Amendment

Earlier this session Representative Zito introduced House Bill 516, a bill to eliminate a restriction on individuals carrying concealed guns in Idaho cities. It passed in the Senate State Affairs Committee this week and will be sent to the Senate floor.

Senator Lakey introduced a pro-second amendment piece of legislation this week, Senate Bill 1384. This bill would allow employees of a school district to conceal carry a gun on school property. S1384 was sent to the Senate State Affairs Committee. Testimony was heard on Wednesday in the Senate State Affairs Committee and carried over to Friday’s Committee meeting. The bill failed in committee by one vote. 

Warrantless Arrest

Senate Joint Resolution 104, sponsored by Senator Burgoyne, proposes to amend the Idaho Constitution to allow warrantless arrests under certain conditions. This bill was passed by the Senate State Affairs Committee this week. 


Senate Bill 1345, sponsored by Senator Lee and Representative Troy, would make growing hemp legal in Idaho. This bill failed by one vote in the House State Affairs Committee this week, after having passed in the Senate. 

Family Matters

House Bill 509, also known as The Idaho Vital Statistics Act, was introduced earlier this session by Representative Young and this week was passed in the Senate State Affairs Committee. This legislation prohibits the changing of information on a birth certificate. This includes the sex that is listed, which under current law can be amended to match a person’s gender identity. This legislation has already passed in the House and is now headed to the Senate floor. 

House Bill 522, introduced by Representative Young, requires that database companies that contract with schools to provide online education materials for minors would be prohibited from including obscene and sexually explicit materials in those databases. This bill was put on the third reading calendar this week after previously passing the House floor and the Senate Education Committee.

House Bill 406, by Representatives Troy, Giddings, and Senator Lee, was signed by the Governor this week. This bill adds and increases penalties for crimes relating to female child genital mutilation. This bill adds to the prohibition of female child genital mutilation which was passed by the Idaho legislature last year. 

House Bill 500, by Representative Ehardt and sponsored by Senator Souza in the Senate, prohibits boys and men who are taking measures to transition to the opposite sex from playing on girls and women’s sports teams in Idaho. This bill passed the Senate State Affairs Committee this week and was sent to the amendment order on the Senate floor.

This week a second bill regarding sex changes on a birth certificate, Senate Bill 1387, was introduced by Senator Martin. This bill requires minors to get a professional’s note (psychiatrist, doctor, etc) attesting the circumstances that require a need for the change of the sex marker on the birth certificate of a minor before the Department of Health and Welfare would be allowed to make a change on the birth certificate. This bill passed out of the Senate State Affairs Committee and was sent to the amendment order on the floor. 

Right to Life

Representative Vander Woude recently introduced House Bill 578 (the previous version was H0519) also known as Simon’s Law. This bill protects and reinforces parental rights in health care by requiring that a doctor who orders to end life-sustaining treatment to a child must notify parents of this intent 48 hours before the order is fulfilled. It was passed in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee this week, previously having passed the House floor.

As a forward step in the movement to end abortions in Idaho, Representative Zollinger recently introduced House Bill 525. This bill intended to prohibit public money from being given to any individual, organization or facility that provides abortions (except in instances that federal law mandated the funding). During the Senate State Affairs Committee this week the bill sponsor proposed amendments to the bill that would address some concerns that the county hospitals had expressed, but limits the effects of the bill. After the amendments, the bill would not allow any school contracts with Planned Parenthood (sometimes used for sex education classes). The bill passed the Senate State Affairs Committee and was sent to the amending order for full Senate consideration. 

Senate Bill 1385, sponsored by Senator Lakey and introduced earlier this session was passed in the Senate State Affairs Committee this week and also on the Senate floor. This legislation would make abortion illegal in Idaho if/when the Supreme Court decision of Roe versus Wade is overturned. There would be an exception for abortions in the cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. This is called a “trigger” bill because it would go into effect only when triggered by a reversal of Roe versus Wade. This bill has been sent to the House State Affairs Committee.