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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March 2, 2017

Let it be Resolved: America’s History of Immigration

Last week, an important resolution was presented by Representative Hy Kloc to recognize and support the “important history and ongoing contributions of immigrants toward the building of the United States of America.” The United States is a country founded on immigration. Immigrants aren’t just essential to our history, they are vital to our growth within the current economy. We recognize and …

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March 2, 2017

“Starship” Technology Comes to Idaho

I am cosponsoring a bill with Representative Jason Monks (R-Nampa) that prepares Idaho for a brand new potential delivery technology — autonomous personal delivery devices (“PDD”). This technology will decrease traffic, promote clean air, and create jobs in Idaho. Starship Technologies, led by the founders of the video conferencing program, Skype, is the company behind these autonomous devices. They are …

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