Now that Governor Brad Little has officially signed the last of the bills on his desk, the Idaho 2020 Legislative Session has officially come to a close. While it wasn’t an ideal session by any means, we are pleased with certain outcomes and legislative actions. We feel that the Idaho legislature has taken important steps in securing “the blessing of liberty” on the state level. Many of our legislators were able to successfully work to promote policy that protects the sanctity of life, the 2nd amendment, traditional family values, female sports, and more!
As of today, here are some legislative measures of interest that the Governor has signed into law from the 2020 session:
Senate Bill 1249, an act to create a specialty “Choose Life” license plate, sponsored by Senator Regina Bayer and Representative Brent Crane, as signed into law by Governor Little on March 03, 2020. When an individual is purchasing a license plate they will now have the option of the Choose Life license plate. If selected, some of the cost of the plate would be donated to the non-profit Choose Life Idaho and the Pregnancy Centers they support.
House Bill 406, sponsored by Representatives Caroline Troy, Representative Priscilla Giddings, and Senator Abby Lee, was signed by the Governor on March 11, 2020. 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.
Senate Bill 1385, sponsored by Senator Todd Lakey and Representative Megan Blanksma, was signed by Governor Little on March 19, 2020. 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.
House Bill 522, sponsored by Representative Julianne Young and Senator Dean Mortimer, 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 signed by the Governor on March 24, 2020.
On March 25, 2020, the Governor signed House Bill 516 into law. The bill, sponsored by Representative Christy Zito and Senator Jim Rice, will eliminate a restriction on non-residences carrying concealed guns in Idaho cities.
House Bill 440, sponsored by Representative Heather Scott and Senator Steve Vick, was signed by the Governor on March 30, 2020. This bill will prohibit discrimination against or granting special treatment to any individual based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education or contracting.
House Bill 578, also known as Simon’s Law, was signed on March 30, 2020. This bill was sponsored by Representative Vander Woude and Senator Lori Hartog and will protect and reinforce 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.
House Bill 500, by Representative Barbara Ehardt and sponsored by Senator Mary Souza, was also signed by Governor Brad Little on March 30, 2020. This bill will prohibit biological boys and men from playing on girls and women’s sports teams in Idaho.
House Bill 509, also known as The Idaho Vital Statistics Act, was signed by Governor Little on March 30, 2020. 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. The bill was sponsored by Representative Julianne Young and Senator Steve Vick.
We highly encourage you to contact your legislators and thank them for their hard work this legislative session. You can use our “Contact Your State Officials” tool to quickly reach out to them to express your appreciation for their service.
Stay tuned for a full wrap up of the session!
Amanda is a Media and Relations Associate with the Madison Liberty Institute. She grew up in Payson, UT and has been involved in the liberty movement from a young age. She has spent several years studying the Constitution as well as the lives of the Founding Fathers. Amanda currently serves as the assistant director in the Restoration Generation and works with the John Wesley Center for Constitutional Studies,(a non-profit dedicated to preserving religious liberty).