UPDATE: Gov. Otter signed House Bill 1 into law at 3:24 p.m. Tuesday.
The Idaho Legislature has passed HB1 after a day-long special session. The legislation now awaits the signature of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to become law.
The bill updates the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act laws, which Idaho has been successfully using to enforce interstate child support orders since the late 1990s. The updates include new provisions for handling foreign child support orders from approved foreign countries, allowing Idaho families to receive child support from non-custodial parents living abroad.
“We are grateful to the Legislature for passing this legislation,” said Health and Welfare Director Richard Armstrong. “There was a lot at stake today. The new law contains the uniform language all states are adopting, and it reinforces the constitutional rights and protections of our citizens. It allows us to get back to the work of collecting payments that help keep Idaho families and children healthy and safe.”
Today’s votes ensure there will be no disruption to Idaho’s child support enforcement tools and services.