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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January 11, 2019

Administrative Rules: A Check & Balance

Administrative Rules

It’s been a week of firsts. The first State of the State watching from the floor of the House. The first JFAC committee meeting. The first time my niece got to see me on TV. (She was very excited.) The best thing about these firsts: They are the start of many wonderful things to come. Over the next few weeks, I’ll …

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December 27, 2018

A Peaceful Transition

Idaho Capitol Steps

A week from tomorrow, Idaho’s constitutional officers will take the oath of office on the steps of our Capitol. It may seem like a small thing, almost an afterthought. In fact, we tend to take this transition for granted because that’s how it’s always been. But what if it wasn’t? What if every election tested our American ideal of a …

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December 20, 2018

Going Nuclear at the INL

INL EBR-1

If nothing else, serving in the Idaho House opens your eyes to how much you DON’T know. Yesterday, I got an education. The last time I ventured out to “The Site” for a visit was during the fourth grade. The rest of my current knowledge comes from reading random stories in the local news. If you can imagine, a lot …

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December 7, 2018

Taking the Oath

Idaho Oath

There’s only one word to describe this week: amazing. It all started on Monday with first-term legislators gathered for 2.5 days of training. Today, it will end with committee and office assignments. In between, we learned about decorum on the House floor, how to write a bill, and a whole bunch of other things that we’ll probably forget between now …

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