Dangerous bill defeated. On Friday, April 10, at around 2 a.m., the House voted to hold SB 1067, which purports to “improve the enforcement of American child support orders abroad.” The committee did the right thing by tabling the bill. Enforcing child support orders is important, but not at the cost of losing Idaho’s sovereignty.
Kandace Yearsley, child support bureau chief, Health and Welfare testified, “With regard to international casework, it is designed to integrate the Convention into State law. ...” (Minutes, Feb. 11, 2015)
The treaty that would be integrated into Idaho law is the Convention on International Recovery of Child Support and Family Maintenance, signed at The Hague in 2007. This Convention takes its directives from a 1956 U.N. Convention and from the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Embedding international law into Idaho Statutes subjugates Idaho courts and Idahoans, to that international law. “No state shall enter into any treaty, alliance or confederation;” Article 1 Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution. This legislation violates that.
This won’t be the end of it. SB 1067 came with federal bribe money. No amount of money is worth Idaho’s sovereignty. Tell your legislators so.
Note: Gov. Butch Otter has called for a special session to revisit SB 1067 on May 18.
Katherine Frazier, Boise