Bill Description: H429 will protect parental rights by allowing them to opt their children out from mask mandates and other discriminatory practices in schools.
Does it violate the spirit or the letter of either the U.S. 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 the U.S. Constitution or the Idaho Constitution?
H429 modifies Section 33-212, Idaho Code, to protect parental and individual rights related to public schools. Specifically, it says individuals 18 or older or a parent or guardian of a school child "may exempt himself or the minor child from any requirement for the adult or child to wear a mask, use a plexiglass barrier, or observe other similar medical measures by submitting a signed statement to school officials stating his objection to the requirement for medical, religious, or personal belief reasons."
The new language goes on to prohibit the schools from limiting a student who has received an exemption as described above from participating in "school activities or programs by reason of such exemption."