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Haki Madhubuti, c. 1975

Black History Month
February is Black History Month. Join me in taking some time this month to learn about, celebrate, and honor the struggles, contributions, and accomplishments of Black folks across the world. A few suggestions:

Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., Ph.D., (Col, USAF, Ret.), Born 11/22/1942, aerospace engineer, U.S. Air Force officer and fighter pilot, and NASA astronaut. The first African American in space.

Madame C.J. Walker: Sarah Breedlove (12/ 23/1867 - 05/25/1919), known as Madam C. J. Walker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist, the first Black millionaire in the United States.

Stand Your Ground
Idaho has a long history of responsible gun ownership; a history that I, as a life-long Idahoan and state legislator, deeply respect. That said, I am very concerned about the "stand your ground" legislation which was printed in the House this week. Let's be clear: "stand your ground" laws provide individuals a basis to excuse or rationalization for the potential wounding or murder of another person. Common sense and solid research indicate that these laws are dangerous.

Between 2005 and 2011, the gun lobby pushed hard for these laws across the country - and they passed in 22 states. The results have been unfortunate. Nationwide, these laws account for an estimated 600 more homicides per year. Additionally, and of particular importance to me, these policies have been found, disproportionately, to put diverse populations at greater risk. And, statistics indicate that when white shooters kill Black victims, the resulting homicides are more often deemed justifiable by law enforcement--11 times more frequently than when the shooter is Black and the victim is white.

Further, there is no evidence that "stand your ground" laws deter crime. Law enforcement officials in Idaho have expressed concern for public safety. The legislation could conceivably justify killing an individual for attempting a felony. "Stand your ground" short circuits the system, sidestepping law enforcement and the judicial system. I fear that the "stand your ground" laws engender a shoot first mentality that makes it far too easy for everyday disputes to turn deadly. This is dangerous legislation that does not serve Idahoans well.

Honoring Women
August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote. I have the pleasure of cosponsoring a resolution to educate Idahoans and others through the country about their heritage and commemorate the centennial of the passage of this important milestone. This resolution stems from the work of the Idaho State Historical Society and Idaho Women in Leadership, who are leading the state's planning and commemoration of the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, called "Idaho Women 100." This concurrent resolution and other "Idaho Women 100" activities and events seek to support and encourage Idahoans to explore and appreciate the Women's Suffrage Movement.

CBD Oil
You may recall that in 2015 the Legislature voted to legalize the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil (a derivative of cannabis containing little to no THC) to treat children with neurological illnesses such as epilepsy. The Governor vetoed that bill, but did allow for a number of families to participate in a trial of a commercial drug utilizing CBD oil. That trial has demonstrated that CBD oil can be effectively used to reduce seizures, and legislation was once again introduced in the House this week.

Tax Proposal
Republican leadership has introduced a $200 million tax reduction proposal. I have a number of concerns about the bill. At present, many important programs are not receiving sufficient funding from the Legislature, such as education and corrections. There is still no solution for the health care gap. The state is facing rising tuition at our colleges and universities, and teacher shortages in rural areas. Idaho is growing fast and demand on state services is increasing; this is not the right moment to reduce incoming revenue.

Additionally, although this proposal includes a $144.5 million income tax reduction and a small corporate income tax reduction, taxes will increase for many Idaho families with children. The dependent deductions in federal tax code were eliminated and replaced by a $2,000 per-child credit. Under existing law Idaho has no child tax credit. The proposal currently before the Legislature includes only a $130 tax credit with a price tag of $44 million. In order for Idaho's families with children to break even that credit would need to be $287--$157 higher than the current proposal. As is, this legislation hurts Idaho families with children.

Buy Idaho
The 25th annual Buy Idaho Show was held Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda. The show occurs every year during the legislative session to provide an opportunity for networking business to business, with elected officials, and thousands of visitors. The show exclusively features Idaho businesses, services, and products. This year 92 Idaho businesses from across the state participated. The event provided a great opportunity for networking, for learning about some of the exciting things that Idaho entrepreneurs are accomplishing, and, of course, for free samples! It was a fun and informative event.

Idaho Health Care Plan
There will be a public hearing on the Governor's Idaho Health Care Plan proposal on Wednesday, February 7 at 8:00 a.m. in the Lincoln Auditorium on the Garden Level of the Statehouse. All are welcome to attend.

2018 Fighting For Families Week of Action
The Minority Caucus will participate in a national event next week organized by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) designed to demonstrate a unified progressive voice highlighting values and policies that are essential to securing the economic opportunity and stability of American families. Fighting for Families Week of Action begins on Monday, February 5, and runs through Friday, February 9.

Each day of Week of Action will feature an important family policy discussion, led by a member of the Idaho Legislature Minority Caucus.

  • Monday, 9 am: Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-19, will discuss equal pay.
  • Tuesday, 3 pm: Fighting for Fair Jobs and Opportunities. Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-19, will discuss corporate subsidies.
  • Wednesday, 9 am: Fighting for Family Paychecks. Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-19, will discuss wage theft.
  • Thursday, 3 pm, Fighting for Working People. I will discuss minimum wage.
  • Friday, 3 pm: Fighting for Family's Health and Security. Sen. Maryanne Jordan, D-17, will discuss Medicaid expansion.

You will be able to view our video interviews as they are released on the Facebook page of the Idaho Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (IDLCC).

District 19 Town Halls
Thank you to those who joined us at our first Town Hall of the year on Wednesday, January 31! It was wonderful to hear from our constituents.

Join me and Representatives Mat Erpelding and Melissa Wintrow at future Town Hall meetings!

  • February 7th: Hidden Springs Clubhouse at 7:00 pm
  • February 15th: location and time to be announced

Here to Serve You
My goal is to address the immediate needs of District 19 while working strategically toward long term solutions. It is my honor to serve you in the Idaho State Senate. Know that your letters, emails, texts, and calls are invaluable. I appreciate hearing what is most important to you and your family.

You can reach me at (208) 332-1339 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cherie

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