ACLU Idaho Legislation

The ACLU of Idaho works with members of the state legislature, state agencies and commissions, and the Governor’s office and executive branch to advocate for legislation that will protect and strengthen our civil liberties. We lobby policymakers, analyze proposed bills, draft and present testimony, collaboratively strategize with coalition partners, and work to build grassroots community power for legislative reform.

Among many other civil liberty issues, our legislative work includes criminal justice reform, reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality, immigrant rights, disability rights, privacy, religious freedom, and free speech.

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2020 Idaho Legislative Report


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2021 - Public Defense Rules

The ACLU of Idaho provided comment to the PDC on proposed rules in Oct. of 2020. None of those recommendations were incorporated into the rules that are now pending before the Idaho Legislature. Currently, those rules fail to adequately address Idaho’s failing public defense system.

January 26, 2021

2021 - SJR 101 - Prohibition of Controlled Substances

This joint resolution proposes an amendment to the Idaho State Constitution that would prohibit the production, manufacture, transportation, sale, or delivery of "psychoactive drugs" unless the drug is 1) approved by the FDA, 2) lawfully prescribed, and 3) lawfully dispensed.

January 26, 2021

2021 - SB 1030 - Add the Words

SB 1030 marks the 16th year that legislation has been introduced to bring statewide discrimination protections for Idaho’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by adding “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to Idaho’s Human Rights Act.

January 26, 2021

2021 HB 17 - No Public Funds for Abortion

HB 17 prohibits public contracting and participation in any commercial transaction with an abortion provider or their affiliate and creates a “gag rule,” which prohibits public employees— from counseling in favor of abortion, or from offering a referral to an abortion provider.

January 25, 2021 Reproductive Freedom

2020 – SB 1385 – Criminalize Abortion

SB 1385 attempts to criminalize abortion in Idaho if Roe v. Wade is overturned, or if federal legislation is passed that would permit Idaho to bar access to abortion care.

March 10, 2020