We know Idaho declined to adopt the amendments to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. but what did other states do?
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare put up a blog post with a map showing which states have enacted the amendments. The map originates from the Uniform Law Commission, which also lists which states have introduced the legislation and which haven’t yet brought it up.
There are a few things to remember:
1. The federal law was signed by President Barack Obama last fall, and gave states through their respective 2015 legislative sessions to adopt the amendments. Some states, like Idaho, have part-time legislative sessions that begin at the start of the year and are relatively short. That gives those states a compressed time frame in which to consider the amendments. Others, like California, have full-time legislatures, and have all year to address and consider the amendments without immediately risking losing their funding.
2. Just twenty states have adopted the amendments so far. According to Health and Welfare spokesman Tom Shanahan, the federal government polled all of the states to see the status of the bill, and none anticipate any hiccups in passing the legislation.
I took a random sampling of other legislatures’ bill statuses online. Oregon’s version of the legislation is currently on its Senate second reading calendar; During their public hearing last week, no one signed up to testify against the bill. In Kansas, the legislation passed the Senate unanimously, and will be taken up by the House when they return to the statehouse on April 29. Across the board, the amendments received favorable recommendations from every committee in every legislature I checked.