WEEK FOUR, February 2-6, 2015
There was an emphasis on resource-related issues this week in the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, with the budget writers hearing presentations from the various agencies with oversight of everything from agriculture to water. In addition, the Resources & Environment Committee, one of the two committees on which I sit, also addressed some controversial rules that may dramatically impact private property rights.
WEEK THREE, January 26-30, 2015
The pace of legislation is still gaining steam in these early days and most of our committee time is devoted to vetting gubernatorial appointments and reviewing agency rules implementing legislation passed in 2014. Beyond these housekeeping duties, there was still tremendous activity in the Capitol this week, much of it dramatic, some of it historic.
Legislative News, WEEK TWO, January 19-23, 2015
On Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one of Dr. King's speeches reminds us of the greatness of the man we celebrated. "I'm concerned about a better world. I'm concerned about justice; I'm concerned about brotherhood; I'm concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can't establish truth. Through violence you can murder a hater, but you can't murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that."
Legislative News, WEEK ONE, January 12-16, 2015
Greetings from the 1st Regular Session of the 63rd Idaho Legislature. I'm honored to be back in the Capitol representing District 26 and all the residents of Blaine, Camas, Gooding and Lincoln Counties.