DHW Director: Child support bill is about personal responsibility and accountability

Idaho’s special legislative session to address child support is Monday.  For all of us, it is critical that we uphold the values that make Idaho great. At the top of that list is personal responsibility.

Plain and simple, personal responsibility is what the Idaho Legislature will address next week — parents should be personally responsible and held accountable for the safety, well-being and health of their children.  Continue reading “DHW Director: Child support bill is about personal responsibility and accountability”

See what’s new or different in the draft child support legislation

In a week, the Idaho Legislature will meet in special session to consider a new bill about the enforcement of child support orders in Idaho and throughout the world. The new bill is 37 pages long, but we’ve developed this analysis so you can quickly see what’s new or changed.  Continue reading “See what’s new or different in the draft child support legislation”

Governor’s Office releases draft child support enforcement bill

The Governor’s Office has released the legislation the Idaho Legislature will consider during its special session on Monday, May 18. If it is approved, it will bring the Idaho’s Child Support Program into federal compliance and avoid the loss of access to enforcement tools and funds.

“This has been a collaborative effort, and I am pleased we have a bill we can pass efficiently so our Child Support Program can continue to help Idaho families get the financial resources they’re entitled to,” said Department of Health and Welfare Director Richard Armstrong.  Continue reading “Governor’s Office releases draft child support enforcement bill”

Gov. Otter convenes special legislative session for child support bill

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter issued a proclamation today to convene a special session of the Idaho Legislature on Monday, May 18, to consider a bill that will bring Idaho’s Child Support Program into national compliance.

“It is a great relief to us that Gov. Otter is initiating this opportunity for lawmakers to reconsider legislation that is good for our children and good for our state,” Department of Health and Welfare Director Richard Armstrong said. “We know the extreme hardships that could occur if we don’t fix this. We have great confidence in our legislators that they will resolve this for the sake of our children.”  Continue reading “Gov. Otter convenes special legislative session for child support bill”

Cottage food and food code meetings start today in North Idaho. Don’t miss them!

Officials from the Department of Health and Welfare’s Food Protection Program are very interested in hearing about what you think about the regulation of cottage foods, or those that are made in a personal kitchen and then given away or sold. Typically cottage foods include breads, cakes, cookies, fruit jams, candies, dried fruits and fruit pies. Currently, Idaho does not regulate cottage food producers.

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Here’s what would be affected if Idaho loses its TANF funds

If the state Idaho’s Child Support Program doesn’t meet federal requirements by June 12, the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding of $30.4 million is threatened.

A list of programs that receive all or part of their funding from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is below. The budgets for these programs are a mix of state and federal funds. The percentages vary for each program, so it’s impossible to say at this point what the impact might be if Idaho stops receiving TANF funds. But we do know that each of these programs would be affected. We’re seeking more information and clarification from federal officials. Continue reading “Here’s what would be affected if Idaho loses its TANF funds”

A roundup of questions we’re being asked about the child support legislation

This is a compilation of questions compiled and written by staffs of the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, Department of Health and Welfare and the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement.

Does the legislation threaten the due process rights of Idaho’s citizens?
No. In fact, the amendments expressly say that an Idaho court may refuse to recognize and enforce an order if the issuing tribunal (a court of law in another country) did not observe minimum standards of due process. This legislation actually increases due process protections compared to the current child support law in Idaho.

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Gov. Otter: ‘We are engaged, and we are going to do something.’

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter spoke to the media Thursday morning assessing the 2015 legislative session, and addressed the child support bill that was tabled, SB 1067. Otter said he is working with lawmakers to find a solution.

“I think it’s important that we understand the consequences of doing nothing,” he said.

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A snapshot of Idaho child support collections in March

Idaho collects more than $200 million in child support payments a year, on average. The chart below is a point-in-time snapshot for March 2015. Organized by county, it shows the number of children involved in child support orders in Idaho, what percentage of the total county population those children represent, and the total of child support payments collected. The amount of child support received by each child varies.

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