The Idaho House has given final legislative approval to a bill that would rewrite the state’s statutory rape laws.
Under the measure passed 54-14 on Friday, men up to three years older than their 16-year-old or 17-year-old female sexual partners could no longer be charged with statutory rape after consensual encounters.
Original sponsor Rexburg Republican Sen. Brent Hill says he doesn’t condone sexual activity among minors, but says consenting teens should not be categorized with those charged with forcible rape.
The measure now heads to the governor’s desk. (AP)