New Law Means Idaho Sues Feds if Health Reform Is Enacted State's 'sovereignty' at stake: governor By Will McCahill, Newser Staff Posted Mar 17, 2010 6:43 PM CDT 54 comments Comments Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter addresses the media today in Boise. (AP Photo) (Newser) – Idaho’s Republican governor signed into law today a bill that requires the state’s attorney general to sue the federal government if health-care reform is enacted that mandates coverage for individuals or business. “I put a real high priority on the sovereignty of the state of Idaho,” Butch Otter says, and, despite a budget deficit, is “comfortable” with court costs that might surpass $100,000, the Spokane Spokesman Review reports.