This article originally appeared on the ACLU of Idaho website on MAY 7, 2019
2019 Legislative Report
It was the first session for newly elected Governor Brad Little and the legislature welcomed numerous new lawmakers from around the state. And with several contentious issues making their way through the House and Senate, it was a session full of several highs and many lows, public outcry, and the need to consistently hold lawmakers accountable to the will of their constituents. As the session wrapped up on April 11, 2019, we’re happy to report that despite the obstacles the Idaho Legislature tried to place before us in protecting civil liberties, the ACLU defended another successful slate of legislative priorities aimed at ensuring the constitutional rights of all Idahoans was protected. We invite you to read more about our top victories for the year, and to check out our 2019 Legislative Scorecard where you can see how your elected officials voted on issues of priority for the ACLU.
2019 Legislative Scorecard
How the Scorecard is created:
We make sure that all the legislators know our position prior to voting on important civil liberty issues. by distributing a floor statement explaining our position. We then select a range of key civil liberty issues to include in our scorecard.
This year, many bills that originated in the House and were approved there were ultimately held in Senate committees, effectively killing them. Thus, we score the House on more bills than the Senate.