What do you do when you cite Sharia law as a reason to kill a bill that provides $205 million to Idaho’s children? You charge the taxpayer of course.

May’s special session lasted one day. It was caused by the irrational fears of certain right-wing lawmakers who nearly derailed an important program that insures child support payments are delivered to one-quarter of Idaho’s children.

The funny thing is most lawmakers didn’t bother submitting a reimbursement form. Only 22 of 70 did. But what’s even funnier is that the lawmakers who are asking for the biggest reimbursements are the ones who were most adamant about killing the child support bill in the first place.

In other words, this is their mess and they want the taxpayer to pay for it. Gee, thanks.

Top five spenders:




Rep. Sage Dixon (R-Ponderay)







Rep. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard)







Rep. Kathleen Sims (R-Coeur d’Alene)







Rep. Don Cheatham (R-Post Falls)








Rep. Eric Redman (R-Athol)



And just for good measure:




Rep. Vito Barbieri (R-Dalton Gardens)




Sure, they’re all lawmakers from the panhandle, which means they had to travel the farthest. It makes sense that they have the highest expenses. But consider that Rep. Luke Malek (R-Coeur d’Alene) didn’t seek any reimbursements.

Malek understands that lawmakers had a job to do, they didn’t do it, and there’s no need to bill the taxpayer for their mistake.

Good for Malek and the 48 other lawmakers from both parties who didn’t ask for a penny, even if that meant traveling long distances to get the job done.