Diversity statements, prohibition
HIGHER EDUCATION – Adds to existing law to prohibit institutions of higher education from requiring diversity statements as a condition of employment or admission.

RS31136 / S1274

This bill will make clear Idaho's state policy that hiring, and admissions decisions must be made on merit. This bill will also guarantee that hiring and admissions decisions made by state agencies, including public colleges and universities, are not "conditioned on a requirement that applicants submit or ascribe to a diversity statement."

This legislation will have minimal impact to the General Fund because it only adds certain definitions and statements regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Bill Events
Date Description
02/02 Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
02/05 Reported Printed; referred to State Affairs
02/09 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
02/12 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
02/21 Read third time in full – PASSED - 27-8-0
AYES – Adams, Anthon, Bernt, Bjerke, Burtenshaw, Carlson, Cook, Den Hartog, Foreman, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hart, Hartgen, Herndon, Lakey, Lenney, Lent, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Ricks(Ricks), Schroeder, Toews, Trakel, VanOrden, Winder, Zuiderveld
NAYS – Just, Lee, Rabe, Ruchti, Semmelroth, Taylor, Ward-Engelking, Wintrow
Absent and excused – None
Floor Sponsor - Bernt
Title apvd - to House
02/22 Received from the Senate, Filed for First Reading
02/22 Read First Time, Referred to Education
03/01 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
03/04 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
03/05 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day
03/06 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day; objection
03/07 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day
03/08 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar until Monday, March 11, 2024
03/11 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day
03/12 Read Third Time in Full – PASSED - 59-11-0
AYES – Alfieri, Allgood, Andrus, Barbieri, Blanksma, Boyle, Bundy, Cannon, Cheatum, Clow, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehardt, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Gallagher, Garner, Handy, Hawkins, Healey, Hill(McKnight), Holtzclaw, Horman, Kingsley, Lambert, Lanting, Manwaring, McCann, Mendive, Mickelsen, Miller, Mitchell, Monks, Nelsen, Palmer, Petzke, Pickett, Price, Raybould, Raymond, Redman, Sauter, Scott, Shepherd, Skaug, Tanner, Vander Woude, Weber, Wheeler, Wisniewski, Wroten, Yamamoto, Young, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – Achilles, Berch, Burns, Chew(Beazer), Galaviz, Gannon, Green, Mathias, Necochea, Roberts, Rubel
Absent – None
Floor Sponsor - Petzke
Title apvd - to Senate
03/12 Returned From House Passed; referred to enrolling
03/13 Reported enrolled; signed by President; to House for signature of Speaker
03/13 Received from Senate; Signed by Speaker; Returned to Senate
03/14 Reported signed by the Speaker & ordered delivered to Governor
03/14 Reported delivered to Governor at 1 p.m. on 03/14/24
03/21 Signed by Governor on 03/20/24
Session Law Chapter 112
Effective: 07/01/2024