Johnson on his faith-healing bill: 'Not sure it really changes a whole lot'

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Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, explaining SB 1182, his faith-healing bill, to the Senate State Affairs Committee this morning, said, “I’m not sure that it really changes a whole lot, other than it moves a bunch of words and sentences around. It does remove the defense statement, but it qualifies it on the next page.” Johnson said his bill restates Idaho’s current religious exemption from civil liability for child abuse or neglect as an “affirmative statement,” and clarifies some wording. It also references Idaho’s existing Religious Freedom Restoration Act, citing rights to free exercise of religion. “That is a fundamental right that applies to all parenting decisions,” Johnson said. Johnson said his bill makes no changes to Idaho’s criminal laws,...

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