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In Honor of Black History Month

"The progress of the world will call for the best that all of us have to give" -Mary McLeod, American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian, and civil rights activist

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Marsy's Law Rally
As you may know, I am in strong support of Marsy's Law and the rights of victims. Last week, I participated in a Marsy's Law Rally at the Capitol to raise awareness and show support for the legislation. I joined a bipartisan group of legislators and a vibrant crowd of supporters to share the importance of the bill and to encourage support for the legislation. I am honored to advocate for passage of the bill.

Read more about the initiative here.

Don't Gerrymander Idaho
Last week a sudden push to change the Independent Redistricting Commission took the Legislature by storm. If you are unfamiliar with the Independent Redistricting Commission, it is a bipartisan group in charge of drawing and approving maps in terms of Congressional and Legislative districts, which is critical to elections. The commission was formed by a voter-passed initiative in 1994 and currently has three Democrats and three Republicans. The current effort to change the Redistricting Commission adds a seventh member, making it a partisan body. Democrats are uniting to call attention to the threat this action poses. I vehemently oppose the dismantling of the redistricting process currently in place.

Supreme Court upholds Medicaid Expansion
Recently, the Supreme Court of Idaho heard arguments concerning the constitutionality of Medicaid Expansion. On Tuesday, the Idaho Supreme Court dismissed the challenge to Medicaid Expansion!. The will of Idaho voters will be upheld, hopefully without sideboards, and other conditions. Next steps, funding - sources of which have been identified by JFAC and the governor, and relief for thousands of Idahoans currently in the gap! We are almost there. Kudos to the caring, committed and concerned folks who toiled tirelessly to make it happen.

Advocacy Day at the Capitol
The Idaho Coalition on Domestic Violence was on hand for Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Tuesday. They brought attention to the issues Idaho is facing in terms of domestic and sexual violence. Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D19) and Dr. Lisa Growette Bostaph, BSU, spoke on the wide range of factors impacting victims of domestic violence and their families. They shared information about opportunities for community engagement to decrease the risks of domestic violence and opportunities to support victims.

Focus on Children
Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children Early Learning was on deck for Advocacy Day with an interactive exhibit called BLOCK Fest to illustrate the critical importance of hands-on experience to a child's learning development and skill building. Additionally, Idaho Voices for Children, the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Idaho Commission for Libraries were present. All of the organizations demonstrated their support for early childhood education for Idaho children. Unfortunately, Idaho is one of only six states that doesn't invest in preschool while more and more studies detail the importance of early education. It's past time to move forward to provide the foundation our children need.

Idaho Constitution
The Idaho State Historical Museum brought the Idaho Constitution to the Capitol for viewing. The document, which is housed in a special vault, was taken into the JFAC (Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee), the House, and the Senate for viewing.The pages in the Senate were very pleased to view the document. The Idaho State Historical Society is working to repair damages on the constitution, so that it can easily be displayed and more accessible to Idahoans.

Office of Performance Evaluation Report: Impact of State Mandates on County Government
The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee released a recent report on how state mandates are affecting counties. The report shows that mandates are not just helping county governments, but in fact, are problematic. The first portion of the report highlights a disconnect between Counties and the Legislature and the need for collaboration moving forward. It's time for us to work together.

Education Funding Formula
Education remains a hot topic at the forefront of this session. The new funding formula has been unveiled and there was a joint listening session held this last week. This gave the public the opportunity to come to the Statehouse and voice their concern or approval for the formula. If you were not able to attend this listening session, you can stream the recorded audio here. Further, the draft of the new Education Funding Formula can be found online here.

News You Can Use:
Frank Church Gala Event on March 16 at 5:30 pm
The Frank & Bethine Church Gala is the signature event for the Idaho Democratic Party. Now entering its 25th year, the Gala attracts hundreds of Democrats from every corner of the state. The Gala is the capstone to a day filled with training and workshops for Idaho Democrats and is a memorable evening for all who participate. If you are interested in attending, tickets can be found here.

District 19 Forums
Your District 19 Representatives are hosting forums throughout February in order to hear from you. These will be held on the following Tuesdays. We would love for you to attend!

  • February 19, 2019 at Shadow Hills Elementary School (6:00 pm)
  • February 26, 2019 at Idaho State Capitol, room EW42 (5:30 pm)

Committee Assignments
This session I am sitting on the following Senate-Standing committees: Education, State Affairs, and Transportation. You are always able to live stream committee meetings or read about what took place by accessing the online site at http://idahoptv.org/insession/leg.cfm.

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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