2014 Legislative Session: Week 10

Greetings from Boise Guns on Campus bill was passed in the House by a vote of 50 yes and 19 no with 1 absent.  The 19 no votes were from 13 Democrats and 6 Republicans.  My e-mail was overwhelmingly opposed to Senate Bill 1254 on firearms/concealed weapons on campus.  Nearly seven hours of  testimony occurred [...]

Week 6 update: from an Idaho House of Representative’s perspective.

House bill 396 was brought forth by the Prescription Drug Abuse Workgroup: the bill states that state prescribers shall register for online access to the Controlled Substances Prescriptions Database.  Only 32% of Idaho prescribers are registered, so this bill will improve that statistic.  The bill passed in the house with 64 yes and 6 no.  [...]

Legislative Session 2014- Week 3

Legislative Week 3   Week 3 in the Legislature is ending.  Committees are now seeing RS’s, which a sponsor will bring to a print hearing and hopes that the committee will introduce it to print to become a bill.  This week in Business Committee we even voted on some bills, which were sent to the [...]

Legislative Session 2014- Week 2

Greetings from Boise,   The second week of the Legislature is almost finished.  Our session has been very busy and legislators have had many events already.  I am wondering if some groups are thinking it might be a shorter session.  We shall see!   As your State Representative from Legislative District 29, I served on [...]

2013 Legislative Report, Week 10

Greetings, After seven hours of debate House Bill 248 passed from the House of Representatives on a vote of 41-29. Only one Democrat debated, so essentially it was Republican vs. Republican debating. The 13 Democrats made the difference on the passage of this bill for a State Health Insurance Exchange. Speaker Bedke did a good [...]

2013 Legislative Report, Week 8

Week 8 at the Legislature Last week is the start of the second half of the Legislative session because we have new pages in the House and the Senate. We started that week with the annual Memorial Service recognizing former legislators in the House of Representatives who have died this past year. Representative Carolyn Meline [...]

2013 Legislative Report, Week 5

Week of Feb. 4- 8, 2013 The Education bills brought forth by the Idaho School Board Association have been withdrawn to be reworked. We will have to wait to see what the new version of their bills will be. This week I attended the Higher Education presentation on research luncheon with presenters from Lewis Clark [...]

2013 Legislative Report, Week 3

Week 3 at the Legislature (Jan. 21 – 25) It has been another busy week with more Rules discussions, presentations, and print hearings on what sponsors hope will be future House bills.  In Environment, Energy, & Technology Committee we had 6 presentations pertaining to broadband in Idaho on the subjects of LinkIDAHO, libraries, health care, [...]

2013 Legislative Report, Week 2

Week 2 (January 14-18) at the Legislature District 29 legislators will be holding a town hall meeting on Saturday, January 26, at 10 a.m. at Pocatello City Hall Council Chamber.  The three legislators are looking forward to hearing about  your opinions. Twenty six bills in the House have been printed so far, so you can [...]

2013 Legislative Report, Week 1

Greetings! The 2013 legislative session has begun and I look forward to serving District 29. I am honored to represent you in the Idaho House of Representatives.  The District 29 legislators will be having a town hall meeting the morning of Saturday, Jan. 26th, at Pocatello City Hall Council Chamber.  The time will be announced [...]