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House Bill 36

House Bill 36

Phil Haunschild
January 26, 2017

Bill description: This bill will repeal the restriction on fraternities, sororities, and secret societies from engaging in activities within public elementary and secondary schools.

Rating: +1

Does it violate the spirit or the letter of either the US Constitution or the Idaho Constitution? Examples include restrictions on speech, public assembly, the press, privacy, private property, or firearms. Conversely, does it restore or uphold the protections guaranteed in US Constitution or the Idaho Constitution?

In 1963, the Legislature created this restriction on the public school system to prohibit organizations from discriminating against students. Times have changed over the past half century. Repealing Chapter 33, Title 19, Idaho Code, would allow students and their families to determine what groups they want the children to be a part of and with whom they wish to associate. By repealing this statute, the state is removing a restriction on the right to freely associate. This statute is a threat to a right guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. (+1)

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