Idaho Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna said Wednesday that House Bill 207 has been withdrawn. A hearing scheduled for Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee has been cancelled, Luna said.
The measure was prompted by public records requests for more than 90 hours of Capitol security video by Bryan Carter of Meridian, whose behavior on a January video prompted temporary restrictions in access to the House and Senate chambers. Carter, who was armed with a pistol, photographed legislators’ desks, inspected their paperwork and reached into a trash can.
Video released to Carter last year, an advocate of open-carry gun laws, showed him being questioned by Idaho State Police who asked him to leave a Senate Committee.
HB 207 was opposed by the Idaho Press Club and ACLU, who argued it was an overly broad and unnecessary expansion of an exemption in Idaho’s public records law.
“There were a number of questions about the impact this language would have on other state agencies, local governments, etc.,” Luna said in an email. “I can’t tell you whether or not it will resurface in 2014. We need to gather all concerned parties and see if we can come up with language that is more acceptable.”