- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - Some Idaho Republican Party convention delegates say the state’s top elected officials should reject the Obama administration’s directive that public schools allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice.

According to a resolution that cleared a convention committee Friday, Idaho public schools would be directed not to implement the new directive. At the same time, the state’s constitutional officers would develop a coordinated rejection response. There was no discussion on the possible consequences if such actions were to actually take place - such as the potential loss of millions in federal funding - nor any mention on what to do with the Idaho schools that have already implemented the guidelines.

The federal directive is currently being challenged by 11 other states, and Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has vowed to submit an amicus brief supporting the states’ legal challenge.

“I don’t want my kids to be a part of it,” Sean Borzea, an Ada County delegate who authored the resolution. “It’s part of the unraveling of the family fabric.”

Immediately after adopting the anti-transgender bathroom resolution, the same committee rejected a resolution denouncing bigotry, racism and xenophobia.

“The Idaho Republican Party most emphatically denounces and condemns bigotry, racism and xenophobia everywhere - and specifically in our communities, our state, our party and our nation,” the failed resolution read.

Multiple committee members argued that the resolution was a feeble attempt to placate politically correct liberals and took particular exception with the inclusion of the word “xenophobia. Other argued that the resolution infringed on their constitutionally protected freedom of speech.

Voting on the two resolutions back to back wasn’t planned, but a last minute change to the agenda placed them together, said committee chairman Steve Millington, a delegate from Twin Falls County - a region recently plagued with a streak of anti-refugee efforts.

“Am I surprised it went down?” said Millington. “Somewhat but not entirely. We have been bombarded with uncivility. And as we head toward the general election, we need to make sure we have a high level of civility and public discourse. Let’s be decent. Let’s be personally responsible.”

Resolutions aren’t legally binding, but they do help influence members of the Idaho Republican Party. Republicans hold a majority of Idaho’s local, state and congressional offices.

In total, the committee approved six out of the 10 resolutions proposed on Friday. However, they must still be adopted by the general assembly on Saturday if they are to be officially endorsed by the party.

Here are the other resolutions adopted:

- Call on the House and Senate Armed Services committees to submit a proposal awarding a military occupational specialty to graduates of the U.S. Army sniper course.

- Urge the Idaho Republican Party to host more candidate forums to educate voters about nonpartisan judicial races.

- Request that the Idaho Legislature pass legislation to amend the state Constitution so that it specifically names the Bible as one of the “religious texts” that may be used in public schools.

- Request that Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter call a special session to replace Idaho’s same-day voter registration provision before the November general election with a stricter system, or abolish it entirely if no compromise can be made.

- Amend the state’s driver license requirements to require stricter proof of citizenship documentation requirements.

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