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"If there is no struggle, there is no progress"

-Frederick Douglass

Important Dates!

Thank you for your attendance at two successful town halls so far this session! The remaining town hall is from 6-7pm at on March 3rd at Hidden Spring Elementary School.

Legislation Update

  • S1275- I am saddened to report that this bill failed on the Senate floor. This legislation would have simply reduced the number of visits made to a pharmacy to obtain birth control by requiring health benefit plans to provide reimbursement for a 6-month supply of contraceptives at one time. Ultimately, misinformation and misunderstanding about contraceptive drugs is what led to this legislation being shot down on a party line vote. There may be an opportunity to resurrect this legislation, but until then there is much more work to be done in our state to ensure that women have consistent and reliable access to birth control.
  • S1318- The Fair Chance Employment Act passed the Senate on a 21-13 vote! Now it is off to the House. Click here for an informative article on Fair Chance.
  • S1297- Legislation that will create a “Too Great for Hate” specialty license plate made it out of committee with a do pass recommendation and will be heard on the senate floor in the upcoming days. Funds generated by the license plate will support the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, which is the home of the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. Keep an eye out for this bill on the Senate floor!

My Decision Not to Seek Re-Election
I announced early this week that I will not run for reelection in 2020. It has been an honor to serve the state of Idaho and its citizens during my 10 years in the Idaho Legislature, 2 years in the House and 8 years in the Senate. I remain humbled by the support of those who elected, welcomed, advised, and worked with me over this decade. My mother's credo was "Disturb the Peace" and I plan to carry on that legacy, as a private citizen, to advocate for the issues that matter to me and other Idahoans. I encourage legislators to move beyond politics, to value inclusivity, and to welcome all voices as we - the public and private sectors - work together to create the best future possible for generations to come. Many thanks for the opportunity and honor to serve the people and the great state of Idaho.

Bill Roden Receives Idaho Medal of Achievement

Bill Roden, an Idaho icon and a dear friend of mine, was awarded the Idaho Medal of Achievement posthumously by Governor Little. This award is the highest civilian honor that the State of Idaho bestows. Bill worked for nearly 60 years as a legislator and lobbyist and played an important role in shaping the quality of life we enjoy in Idaho. He was a brilliant lawyer and was always generous to everyone he met in giving his advice and counsel to new legislators. Bill had the most contagious laugh in this world and well deserves this achievement. I am proud to have known Bill and I respect, admire, and will dearly miss him. Click here to read more about Bill and the award.

Indian Affairs Committee
The Idaho Council on Indian Affairs met this week for the first time of this legislative session. The agenda items included topics such as Medicaid Expansion, Idaho Behavioral Health Planning Council, Boa Ogoi Cultural Interpretive Center, and others. It is so important to hear from our Idaho Tribes and to ensure that our state programs are working for them as well.

Representatives of the Tribes serving on the Indian Affairs Committee are as follows:

  • Ladd Edmo, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Vice Chairman
  • Ernest "Ernie" Stensgar, Coeur d'Alene Tribe
  • Shannon Wheller, Nez Perce Tribe
  • Gary Aitken, Jr., Kootenai Tribe
  • Theodore "Ted" Howard, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes

Missing & Indigenous Women Report
Also at the Indian Affairs hearing, the Committee heard from members of the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance and the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence to provide a report of Missing & Murdered Indigenous People. Within Indigenous communities, the long-term damaging effects of colonization are being seen, specifically human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence. This violence adversely and disproportionately affects women within indigenous communities. To read more about this issue across the united states, click here.

Property Taxes

Many around the Treasure Valley and the state are worried about rising property taxes, and rightfully so. This is a list of solutions that the Democratic Party are considering at the Statehouse.

Boise State Day at the Capitol
Tuesday was BSU day at the Statehouse on topics from cancer research to veteran's support services to inclusiveness, these students never fail to impress!

Ada County Youth of the Year
I had the pleasure of meeting with the Boys & Girls Club's Ada County Youth of the Year, Steeve Biondolillo! Steeve and his brother were adopted by an American couple after living at an orphanage that was destroyed by an earthquake in Haiti. Since joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County in 2012, Steeve has been able to make friends and discover his voice and love of sports. He also has been able to give back to his community through a variety of service projects. Upon graduation, Steeve aspires to attend Idaho State University to pursue a degree in Wildlife Biology. Remember his name, i'm sure you'll see him doing big things in our community soon!

Have a wonderful week,


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