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"Keep on pushing"
Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, circa 1964
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Science Standards
The Senate Education Committee, of which I am a member, voted 6-3 Thursday to approve the school science standards as proposed. Earlier in the session the House Education Committee voted to remove some of the standards, but by law unless both bodies concur the Senate decision stands. This is great news for Idaho kids and their education. Idaho students deserve the most current and comprehensive education possible, especially about crucial issues related to our impact on the environment. Thanks to all who reached out to the members of the committee regarding this issue.

The Senate Education Committee also voted to pass the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship bill, which increases the state's scholarship fund by $5 million. Up to 20 percent of the fund will be dedicated to helping "adult completers" to complete their education. Many hardworking Idahoans find themselves compelled by life circumstances not to finish their education during the traditional, post-high school time-frame. This important scholarship will provide many Idahoans the opportunity to complete their education.

Abortion Reversal Legislation
On a party-line vote, the Senate passed Senate bill 1243 on Monday. The bill requires doctors to inform women undergoing medicinal abortions that the process can be reversed after taking the first pill. The recommended procedure lacks rigorous, peer-reviewed scientific research to indicate that procedure is safe and effective. All of my Democratic colleagues and I opposed this bill. I recognize that it is irresponsible of this body to bypass proper due diligence in women's health care by creating a mandate for doctors to discuss with their patients a process that has not been properly vetted.

Despite the unfortunate passage of the chemical abortion reversal bill, I am committed to continuing the fight for reproductive justice. The 12 months of birth control bill which I am sponsoring will have a hearing in the Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee on February 27 at 1:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Breastfeeding Bill
The bill which protects breastfeeding mothers from prosecution under the state's indecent exposure and obscenity laws, of which I am a co-sponsor, passed the House unanimously this week. Idaho is currently the only state in the country that doesn't have breastfeeding protections on the books, and this legislation is long overdue. It now goes to the Senate and will hopefully be on the Governor's desk soon.

Anti-Sharia Law Bill
House bill 419 passed in the House this week. Despite claims that the bill is not anti-sharia law specifically, the bill's sponsor and proponents discussed Islam at length in their arguments. The bill is discriminatory and unnecessary. There are no examples of an Idaho court basing rulings on Islamic law. The US and Idaho Constitutions are the supreme law in Idaho; both US and Idaho courts have upheld this supremacy since the state's creation. There is no danger of sharia or any foreign law supplanting constitutional law in Idaho. I will oppose House bill 419 in the Senate.

Living Organ Donor Bill
S1302, a bill that would prohibit discrimination against living organ donors, passed the Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday. It was sent to the full Senate for action next week.

The House Health and Welfare Committee has voted unanimously in support of HB 577. The bill, which has bipartisan support, seeks to legalize the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil containing 0.3 percent or less of THC under the direction of a licensed practitioner. I heartily support this legislation. Legalization of CBD oil gives those who suffer from a myriad of serious medical issues a chance for an improved quality of life. The bill now goes before the full House. Read more about the legislation here.

Memorial Service
On Monday the Legislature held Memorial services to commemorate former members who passed away last year. The Senate honored Sens. Larrey D. Anderson, John C. Andreason, Cecil D. Andrus, Bert W. Marley Sr., Orval H. Hansen, and Michael P. Mitchell. Stephanie Whitted provided musical selections.

Happy Birthday to Al Henderson
The Senate today recognized the 80th birthday of Al Henderson who has served as the Senate doorkeeper for years. We appreciate his hard work and his warm smile. Fun fact: Al was my Vice Principal when I attended Boise High School!

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.


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