Marsy's Law passes Senate, heads to House

Posted at 1:23 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 17:25:57-05

BOISE — Marsy's Law, the proposed constitutional amendment aimed at protecting the legal rights of victims of crime, passes the Senate and now heads to the House.

Marsy's Law would amend the Idaho Constitution, providing reasonable and timely notification of criminal justice proceedings for victims of crimes, reasonable protection from the accused, the right to be heard at justice proceedings, and standing to assert their rights.

Marsy's law was added to the Victims' Bill of Rights in California in 2008, following the murder of Marsy Nicholas by her ex-boyfriend. Since then, the law has taken effect in 10 other states as well.

Last year in Idaho, Marsy's Law fell five votes short of the two-thirds majority required for constitutional amendments.

For more information on Marsy’s Law and advocates here in Idaho, read our previous story here.

To read the full bill text, click here.