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Idaho governor signs affirmative action ban into law

The measure adds a new section to laws that opponents say negates another section prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or age.
Credit: Idaho Governor's Office
Idaho Gov. Brad Little signs bills in his office on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law legislation banning affirmative action for state agencies, state contracting and public education. 

The Republican governor on Monday signed the measure that adds a new section to laws that opponents say negates another section prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or age. 

The bill originated in the House and was amended in the Senate to avoid losing federal funding. 

Backers say the measure is needed so that everybody is treated equally. 

Opponents say Idaho has a history of discriminatory behavior against marginalized groups that persists, and the measure allows that behavior to continue.

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