Victims’ rights amendment heads to Idaho Senate

Legislation amending the Idaho constitution to expand the rights of crime victims and their families is headed to the state Senate.

The Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday voted 8-1 to advance the proposal that would change Idaho’s 1994 Victim Rights Amendment by requiring victims to be timely notified of court proceedings involving suspects.

Similar proposals have failed in the Legislature in previous years. But Republican Senator Todd Lakey of Nampa says problems that included unclear language have been fixed. (AP)