March 7, 2019

When a Bill Dies

On Monday, I had a bill held in committee. When a bill gets held that means it’s done for the session. But in this case, my bill dying in committee isn’t a bad thing. A Kind of Boring Bill Let me provide a little background. The bill dealt with an issue that’s probably not top of mind: legal public notices. …

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March 4, 2019

In Memorial: Setting Precedent

Idaho Wilderness Memorial

It’s been a busy few weeks. We’re finalizing budgets and hitting bill deadlines. So, I haven’t had a chance to send an update.  But I wanted to make sure I touched base today because of a vote I cast on Monday. It didn’t involve a bill, but a joint memorial, HJM 8. We introduce joint memorials when we petition another …

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February 7, 2019

Budget Decisions Under a Microscope

Boise Capitol

Yesterday, I sat through one of the most intense budget hearings of the session. Over the last few months, there’s been a lot of focus on education and healthcare in Idaho. But Wednesday morning (you can download video from the hearing) I got a deep dive into our Department of Corrections. Director Josh Tewalt’s opening remarks were startling. Over 77% of …

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February 2, 2019

Making Time to Serve You

Buy Idaho Day

When I started to write this week’s newsletter, I was stumped. How do you shove a full week of stuff into single email? I thought it might help to take a look at an average day. Most days start at 7 a.m. with meetings of some sort. Most days end with a reception or dinner that goes until 8:30 or …

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January 25, 2019

Going Back to School

I went back to school this week. Educators, administrators, and students joined us at the Capitol for our annual Education Week. We’ve heard from folks representing everything from K-12 and stem learning to our public universities and community colleges. The kids we met are amazing. The educators who want to help our students pursue their dreams are pretty amazing, too. …

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January 17, 2019

Obvious Solutions & Finding Our Groove

Water Bill Hearing

This second week has gone by fast. From hearings on agency budgets to reviewing administrative rules, we’ve been working our way through the early days of the 2019 session. For the most part, it feels like the House is finding its groove, and everyone new seems to have figured out where to find the bathrooms. Now, I know you’ll find it shocking, …

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