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"Making a difference is always possible, especially with persistence and dedication."

- Gladys De La Mora, Latina Entrepreneur

The first day of the session started off right with inspirational music from the phenomenal Madison High School Vocal Spectrum from Rexburg!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

State of the State
On Monday, Governor Little gave his annual State of the State address to the legislative body. In his speech, the Governor spoke on both his past year at the legislature and his goals for the upcoming year. The Governor emphasized the importance of investing in public education and established a goal to improve literacy rates.

I was pleased to hear the Governor acknowledged the need to provide teachers with competitive pay and stressed that we cannot depend on raising property taxes to accomplish it. Along with funding teacher pay, the Governor recommended that additional funding be provided to higher education and job resource programs for young adults in the state as well.

The Governor recognized the importance of transportation in our rapidly growing state. He called for $100 million to be put towards maintaining and improving the state's highway system, as well as investments in Idaho's broadband infrastructure. We all know how important this investment is, especially in the Treasure Valley. This year, it is critical that the legislature work with local government to address this issue.

Changes in Democratic Caucus
In the month of December, House Minority Leader Representative Mat Erpelding resigned from his seat, both as the Representative for District 19 and from his leadership position. I sincerely thank Representative Erpelding for his service and wish him success in his new position. In addition to this, I'm pleased to welcome Lauren Necochea who was selected by the Governor to fill Mat's vacated seat for D19, and to congratulate Representative Ilana Rubel on her new position as House Minority Leader. I look forward to working with both of these brilliant women to accomplish great things this session!

Fair Chance Employment Legislation with ACLU Idaho
This week the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho delivered their Blueprint for Smart Justice, which was a research project they conducted on the changes that are needed to reduce prison populations. Using this information, I partnered with the ACLU of Idaho to introduce legislation we need to enact to ensure fair employment practices in our state. This legislation would remove the structural discrimination and stigmatization that people who have been formerly incarcerated face when applying for a job. It also aims to educate employers and human resource departments on how to evaluate a criminal record justly. When my friend, my neighbor, or my loved one has been incarcerated and wants to go to work, wants to gets their life together, wants to feed their children, and wants to contribute to society, they are unable to get past the initial application, this hurts Idaho communities and our economy. Visit acluidaho.org for more information on Fair Chance Employment Legislation and on their Blueprint for Smart Justice. Everybody deserves a fair chance.

Administrative Rules Review
You may have seen Idaho in the news recently being called the "least regulated state." This is in large part due to the Legislature's failure to reauthorize the administrative code at the end of the 2019 Session. This means that is not the task of the legislature to review and approve all the administrative codes, both the ones that previously existed and ones newly being introduced by agencies. This is no small task and is consuming much of our time in committee. I will be reviewing these codes to ensure that they will still function efficiently and in your best interest with their new amendments. Keep in mind that this is an opportunity for your voice to be heard. Visit legislature.idaho.gov to review the administrative rules.

Women's March
On January 18th, Idaho Voice is hosting the 2020 Idaho Women's March at the State Capitol. This year I will be one of the guest speakers at this empowering event! This will be a non-partisan, inclusive, family-friendly gathering to advocate for change both in our state and across the country. I am especially excited for this event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Election season is coming up fast, so remember that your voice counts and to get out there and vote!

KBOI Radio
On January 9th I joined Senator Rice to share out priorities on KBOI radio. We spoke about the upcoming session and what you can expect. For 2020, the Democratic priorities are keeping property taxes down, preventing partisan gerrymandering, investing in education, and protecting Medicaid expansion.

New University Presidents
At an event put on by the Boise Metro Chamber, I heard from these four new Idaho university presidents:

  • Dr. Marlene Tromp, Boise State University
  • Scott Green, University of Idaho
  • Kevin Satterlee, Idaho State University
  • Dr. Cynthia Pemberton, Lewis-Clark State College

I was reassured to hear the new presidents announce their commitment to keeping tuition costs low by providing a tuition lock to students on their year of admission. While good for students, it is unclear how the tuition fees will impact school operations when coupled with Governor Little's 2% drawback requirement.

Meet Hailey Barr
The Senate Minority's Leadership Attache for this session is Hailey Barr! Hailey is a recent graduate from Boise State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science. Hailey was an intern for the House of Representatives in 2018 and we are excited to have her to assist Senator Jordan and me. You may contact her on my behalf at 208-332-1416 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

District 19's 2020 Town Hall Dates
Please join me at D19's town hall events! These are a great way for me to connect with you and hear your thoughts on the issues that matter to you. They will be held from 6-7pm on the following days:

  • February 11th at Shadow Hills Elementary School
  • February 18th at Roosevelt Elementary School
  • March 3rd at Hidden Springs Elementary School

Here to Serve You
I am excited to get to work this session to work towards both the immediate needs of District 19 as well as establishing long term solutions. It is my honor to serve you in the Idaho State Senate. Please know that your letters, texts, emails, and calls are invaluable to me as I represent you here. I appreciate hearing your thoughts and knowing 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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