March 17, 2017

Climate Change: Idaho wants answers, why doesn’t the Legislature?

This week, Assistant Minority Leader Representative Ilana Rubel hosted the largest public hearing this year on the impact of climate change in Idaho; a topic the Idaho Legislature refuses to acknowledge. After being blocked from holding a legislative hearing, Rep. Rubel hosted her own public hearing in the Senate’s Lincoln Auditorium, drawing crowds that filled the auditorium and three overflow …

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March 10, 2017

Public Lands Takeover: Where Idaho Stands

Last weekend, nearly 3,400 people attended a rally in support of Idaho’s public lands. And yes, last year, Idaho’s legislature voted on several bills challenging the federal government’s management abilities and the federal government’s legitimacy to manage our public lands. However, Idahoans know better. These bills were met with strong opposition from the public because access is our cultural heritage. Plus, the state …

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March 9, 2017

How a Bill Becomes a Law in Idaho

As legislators, we sometimes forget that not everyone knows how things work in the Capitol. I want to make sure that everyone knows exactly what goes into the law-making process, from start to finish, because we are conducting the people’s business. You may have seen the School House Rock video, “I’m Just a Bill,” back in elementary school but here’s …

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March 9, 2017

Representative Brings Bill to Keep Emails from Public

Last week, a bill was introduced that threatens the accountability of our state government and could be detrimental to our democracy. House Bill 233 attempts to exempt elected officials from public records requests and would deny citizens and journalists the right to uncover potential corruption within state government. The Idaho Legislature affirmed its commitment to an open and transparent government when …

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March 2, 2017

Rep. Wintrow: Leading on Malicious Harassment

It should be the right of every American, including every Idahoan, to be protected from crimes motivated by prejudice and hate. The Idaho Statute concerning malicious harassment, also known as hate crimes, clearly states that every person should be protected from fear, intimidation, harassment, and physical harm caused by groups and individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, and …

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