Idaho Legislative Update: Week 5

February 6
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Friends,

This legislative session is really picking up—and Family Policy Alliance of Idaho® is working hard to make sure that the legislation getting passed will honor God, allow religious freedom to flourish, help families to thrive, and ensure life is cherished.

Here are three legislative updates that you should know about:

  1. “Choose Life” License Plates

We’re excited to tell you that legislation to create “Choose Life” specialty license plates (Senate Bill 1249) has passed the Senate Transportation Committee! Not only would these license plates spread a positive and hopeful message for life throughout the state, but their sale would also provide greatly needed financial resources to pregnancy resource centers as they minister to the health, financial, and spiritual needs of mother and preborn child alike.

Senator Regina Bayer (R-Meridian), the bill sponsor, is thankful for all your help in using our Action Center to ask the committee to pass the bill. Senate Bill 1249 now goes to the Senate for a full vote. We will keep you apprised of the progress of this important legislation as it makes its way through the legislative process.

  1. Fairness in Sports Act

Our allies at Alliance Defending Freedom have compiled a list reporting dozens of examples of men performing in girls’ and women’s sports events. Frustratingly, the list also includes several instances where the men have taken championship titles and broken records in girls’ and women’s sports events.

These cases illustrate the need for the Fairness in Sports Act. In this age of gender confusion, it is sadly necessary to protect girls’ school sports in Idaho. In the coming weeks we will let you know of ways you can get involved to protect athletic opportunities for our girls.

  1. Idaho Equal Rights Amendment

Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) has introduced the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Much like its federal counterpart, the Idaho ERA would amend the state constitution to do away with important sex distinctions that have been indispensable in protecting women.

If passed, the ERA would require government (meaning your tax dollars!) funding for abortion and overturn restrictions on abortion under the guise of protecting women from reproductive “discrimination.” It would also open sex-segregated restrooms, locker rooms, girls’ sports, and women’s shelters to men.

We don’t expect this effort to go anywhere in Idaho, but a showdown over the ERA is playing out on the federal level. Use our Action Center now to tell your U.S. congresspeople to oppose the ERA. It only takes a moment—and you can make a difference!

Keep an eye on these emails in the coming weeks. We will be sharing exciting news with you about the effort to pass legislation that protects life, parental rights, and family values. And please consider standing with Family Policy Alliance of Idaho through monthly financial support. Your partnership will help us keep advocating our shared values in Idaho!

Standing firm,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy