Governor Otter met with members of the press on Wednesday morning to announce that he will call the legislature back to Boise for what will likely be a one-day special session to address Idaho’s compliance with federal child support enforcement legislation.
Lawmakers will return to the Capitol at 8 AM on Monday, May 18th for a session that the Governor predicted could be completed in a matter of hours.
Otter told reporters today that he and other legislative leaders have been working over the past several weeks since the legislature adjourned sine die, to make sure that those who initially opposed the legislation have had their concerns addressed; they are expected to now support the measure. That sentiment was confirmed in a letter sent to the Governor by House Speaker Scott Bedke.
The IEA will be on hand to follow the special session on May 18 and report the outcome. In the meantime, we urge you to reach out to Governor Otter and Rep. Scott Bedke. Please thank them for their leadership on this issue and share your appreciation for their efforts to bring lawmakers who opposed the legislation together to find a solution that will assure Idaho has the tools necessary to collect child support for the 400,000 Idaho children who count on those funds to survive.