Things are moving quickly right now, both in Boise and in Washington, D.C. Here’s a quick update on news you should know:
Biden’s Anti-Family Agenda Steams Ahead
The new presidential administration has wasted no time in enacting its radical, anti-family policies.
Within hours of his inauguration, President Biden signed one of the most revolutionary executive orders in decades. The directive calls on federal agencies to review and revise current rules pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity.
The executive order is heavily focused on schools, paving the way for the federal government to allow biological males to use girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms and compete in girls’ school sports.
President Biden also signed an executive order today that repeals the Mexico City Policy, allowing American tax dollars to flow to organizations that perform abortions in other countries.
More States Consider Legislation to #SaveGirlsSports
Last year, Idaho became the first state in the nation to pass the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, the groundbreaking law that protects a fair playing field for girls in school sports. Similar bills have now been filed in nearly a dozen other state legislatures, including Montana, where their bill is advancing quickly.
This pro-women legislation preserves the promise and spirit of Title IX for future generations of girls who desire to prove themselves on the field. We’re excited to see other states follow in the footsteps of Idaho!
Idaho Bills Protect Child Entrepreneurs and School Sports
The 2021 Idaho Legislative Session has entered its third week – and things are as busy as always! Here are two bills you should know about:
- Brent Crane (R-Nampa) and Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) have introduced legislation to lift attendance limits placed on gatherings, including school sports and other school events. “What has happened to these children in the midst of this pandemic in my opinion is unconscionable,” Rep. Crane said.
- The Lemonade Stand Freedom Act (HB21), sponsored by Rep. Ron Nate (R-Rexburg), would prevent the state and local governments from shutting down small, youth-run businesses like lemonade stands because of permit, license, and tax requirements. A state tax commission officer threatened to shut down a pumpkin stand operated without a permit by two young Lewiston siblings in 2010.
As always, I am grateful for your partnership as we work together to build an Idaho where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.