PRESS RELEASE: Idaho Gov. Brad Little Signs Bill Pushing Back Against DEI

March 20, 2024


BOISE, IDAHO – Governor Brad Little has signed Senate Bill 1274 into law, pushing back against DEI policies in the state of Idaho.

The new law guarantees that hiring and admissions decisions made by state agencies (including public colleges and universities) are not “conditioned on a requirement that applicants submit or ascribe to a diversity statement.”

Idaho Family Policy Center has actively supported this bill throughout the legislative process and will continue to fight for the elimination of harmful DEI policies in the years to come.


A statement from Blaine Conzatti, President of Idaho Family Policy Center:

In practice, DEI demands preferential treatment for politically favored groups based on race, gender, and sexual orientation, in clear violation of the biblical principles that undergird our constitutional system of government.

This is why we need to stop public colleges and universities from requiring DEI statements from their staff and faculty. Put simply, it’s wrong for government employees to treat others differently based on group characteristics rather than merit.

This bill is a good start, but more must be done to combat the pernicious influence of DEI in all levels of state government and public education—and we must not stop short of fully eliminating the social justice cancer of DEI positions, programs, and funding—as other Republican-led states, like Oklahoma and Texas, have done in recent months.


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