The Senate voted 26-9 for HB 340a, the law authorizing Coeur d & # 39; Alene Pastor Tim Remington to run an inpatient drug treatment program for youth without a state license as a "pilot program". Now that the Senate bill has changed, it is now returning to the House to approve the Senate amendments.
The nine votes against came from all seven democratic senators plus sens. Carl Crabtree, R-Grangeville; and Fred Martin, R-Boise. Youngsters were previously housed in Remington's faith-based program, the Good Samaritan, until a complaint was filed with the state about the lack of a state license. According to the law, it could do so again, and a state body would assess it three years later.
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Sen. Maryanne Jordan, D-Boise, said: "Although I really appreciate the efforts here, I am very concerned that the evaluation will only be made after the fact. We are talking about addicted children."
Souza said the program had strong community support and was successful.
Betsy Z. Russell is the head of the Boise office and reporter for the state capital of the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.