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Marsy's Law fails to advance for second year at Statehouse

Idaho lawmakers have once again spiked a proposal seeking to expand the rights of crime victims after opponents argued the change could lead to costly unintended consequences.(KBOI photo)

Idaho lawmakers have once again spiked a proposal seeking to expand the rights of crime victims after opponents argued the change could lead to costly unintended consequences.

House members failed to give the proposal a two-thirds majority support on Monday.

Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa), a supporter and floor sponsor of the proposal, told KBOI 2 News the measure essentially failed to get that two-thirds majority by five votes.

"We had it going in (to the floor debate)," Crane told KBOI 2 News. "But people obviously changed their minds during the debate. And that's okay, that's the process."

The proposal would have changed Idaho's 1994 Victim Rights Amendment by requiring victims to be timely notified of all court proceedings involving suspects, as well as allowing victims be heard at each step of the legal process.

A similar proposal failed to clear the House last year after lawmakers raised concerns about the bill's backers and appropriateness of tweaking Idaho's constitution.

The amendment, dubbed Marsy's Law for Idaho, is named for a California woman killed in 1983 by her ex-boyfriend after he was released from jail without her being notified.

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