RUNAWAYS – Amends existing law to provide an exemption for certain violations for licensed children’s residential care facilities, registered children’s institutions, and behavioral health youth crisis centers that provide emergency runaway services.

RS31225 / S1328

This legislation aims to ensure licensed homeless youth shelters and behavioral health youth crisis centers can adequately serve homeless and runaway youth. It modifies Code so that these facilities are not guilty of a misdemeanor violation for housing a runaway child under specific circumstances, where the child consents to shelter, care, or licensed service; the shelter is unable to locate the child’s parent or legal guardian, or the child refuses to disclose the contact information for the parent or legal guardian; and the facility notifies the county sheriff or police of the child’s whereabouts pursuant to local laws and licensure requirements. This legislation also still requires shelters to follow all mandatory reporting processes under Idaho Code.

This legislation will have no fiscal impact, since it will merely reduce criminal liability for licensed homeless youth shelters and behavioral health crisis centers for taking in runaway youth, when certain steps are followed.

Bill Events
Date Description
02/12 Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
02/13 Reported Printed; referred to Judiciary & Rules
02/22 Reported out of committee; to 14th Order for amendment
02/28 Placed in the Committee of the Whole
02/28 Reported out without recommendation, as amended
02/28 Amendments ordered printed; referred for engrossment
02/28 Amendments reported printed
02/28 Reported engrossed, filed for first reading, as amended
02/28 Read first time as amended, filed for Second Reading
02/29 Read second time as amended, filed for Third reading
03/05 Read third time in full as amended – PASSED - 34-0-1
AYES – Adams, Bernt, Bjerke, Burtenshaw, Carlson, Cook, Den Hartog, Foreman, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hart, Hartgen, Herndon, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lenney, Lent, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Toews, Trakel, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Wintrow, Zuiderveld
NAYS – None
Absent and excused – Anthon
Floor Sponsor - Rabe
Title apvd - to House
03/06 Received from the Senate, Filed for First Reading
03/06 Read First Time, Referred to Judiciary, Rules & Administration
03/20 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
03/21 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
03/22 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar until Monday, March 25, 2024
03/25 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day
03/26 Read Third Time in Full – PASSED - 47-19-4
AYES – Achilles, Alfieri, Allgood, Barbieri, Berch, Blanksma, Bundy, Burns, Cannon, Cheatum, Chew(Harada), Clow, Cornilles, Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Galaviz, Gannon, Garner, Green, Handy, Hill(Brown), Horman, Lanting, Manwaring, Mathias, McCann, Mendive, Mickelsen, Miller, Mitchell, Necochea, Nelsen, Petzke, Pickett, Raybould, Raymond, Roberts, Rubel, Sauter, Weber(Weber), Wroten, Yamamoto, Young, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – Boyle, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Ehardt, Gallagher, Hawkins, Healey, Holtzclaw(Johnson), Kingsley, Lambert, Monks, Palmer, Price, Redman, Scott, Tanner, Vander Woude, Wisniewski
Absent – Andrus, Shepherd, Skaug, Wheeler
Floor Sponsor - Wroten
Title apvd - to Senate
03/27 Returned From House Passed; referred to enrolling
03/27 Reported enrolled; signed by President; to House for signature of Speaker
03/28 Received from Senate; Signed by Speaker; Returned to Senate
03/28 Reported signed by the Speaker & ordered delivered to Governor
03/29 Reported delivered to Governor at 8:06 a.m. on 03/29/24
04/02 Signed by Governor on 04/01/24
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