April 7, 1969, Idaho Human Rights Act

Republican Gov. Don Samuelson’s advisers drafted a bill that granted the proposed commission only investigative and advisory powers in areas of employment opportunities, housing, education and public accommodations. In essence, this served to create a commission to oversee the provisions outlined in the earlier 1961 Anti-discrimination Act. And, like that Act, the commission would be powerless on its own to enforce the law. A 1971 study showed the Commission lacked direct enforcement and subpoena powers, was woefully underfunded and had no “statutory assurance” allowing for “effective complaint processing procedures.

by IFHCIdaho June 30, 2021