House Bill 568 was introduced in the final weeks of the 2016 session due to an unfounded concern that so-called “Sharia law” was overtaking Idaho courts. The bill attempted to prevent Idaho courts and judges from considering court rulings from other countries unless that country provided its citizens the exact same fundamental liberties as the U.S. and Idaho Constitutions – a feat difficult to meet even with our most democratic allies. The ACLU of Idaho took quick action, informing legislators that the bill would create significant unintended consequences in the everyday lives of Idahoans who marry abroad, file for divorce, adopt children from overseas, or conduct other family matters that involve foreign or international law. After a public hearing in the House State Affairs Committee, the bill was held to add amendments, but was never reconsidered, effectively dying. We remain committed to fighting legislation that attempts to undermine the religious diversity we value in our state and will actively work to stop intolerance directed at those who practice the Muslim faith.
2016 - Anti-Sharia Law
Rep. Eric Redman