Ex-convict expulsion bill on hold (UPDATED)

A bill to keep public schools off-limits to convicted violent criminals is on hold.

Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls

The Senate Education Committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on Senate Bill 1056 this afternoon. But Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, decided to pull the bill “after realizing it may have unintended consequences for young people who get into trouble,” according to the Associated Press.

Heider told the AP that he isn’t sure whether he will try to amend the bill or drop it entirely.

The state Correction Department had voiced concerns about the bill. So had the state’s Juvenile Corrections Department, although the agency had stopped short of formally opposing it.

The bill would have required school boards to refuse admission to former convicts, if they had served a sentence of 12 months or more for a violent crime.

Here’s a link to our previous coverage of the bill.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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