Idaho Legislators Hit the Ground Running with a 2021 Conservative Agenda

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A group of Conservative Senators, Representatives, and Idaho’s Lieutenant Governor plan to hit the ground running with Conservative agenda for the 2021 Legislative Session.  Item’s on the agenda are said to lower taxes, reduce government, and restore freedoms.  Conservative legislators believe it is time to re-assert important checks and balances between the branches of government which has been eroded.

According to the Conservative’s recent press release, “The 2021 legislative session will be crucial for Idaho families and businesses. We have important work to do in order to keep Idaho safe, restore Idaho’s robust economy, make sure the money flowing into Idaho government from taxes and grants is carefully spent, and never collected excessively. We must meet our various legislative responsibilities to keep Idaho government working efficiently and effectively while not hindering individual freedoms and entrepreneurial endeavors. The Idaho Conservative Agenda for 2021 is the roadmap for achieving these goals.”

During the event, Rep. Judy Boyle (R-Midvale) said that the most important thing to her is the Constitution and expressed the importance of keeping checks and balances within the government. 

“In the Constitution, both the Idaho and the US Constitutions, there is the separation of powers. It does not say all branches are equal; it says that they have separate authorities. Hamilton warned us that the legislature must always jealously guard those authorities. We have not done that and it is time that we start.”

Some items that can be expected to be introduced within the next week is a bill that resends the Governor’s emergency powers sponsored by Rep. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard), a bill to protect citizens from mandatory vaccinations sponsored by Rep. Tammy Nichols (R-Middleton), a bill that will make Idaho elections more secure sponsored by Rep. Vito Barbieri (R-Dalton Gardens), and a bill to introduce Education Savings Accounts sponsored by Rep. Dorothy Moon (R-Stanley).

 There have been some concerns about the 2021 Session being cut short due to COVID-19 concerns. However, the conservative group feels that this agenda will help create a clear path that can still advance freedom whether the session is cut short or not. 

“The Legislative session is in question due to speculation of a shortened session. So it’s crucial that we’re ready on day one and we are with this agenda. It will put the legislature on a path toward productivity and advancing conservative values whether it is a short session or not.”

There were a total of 30 participants at the press conference showing their support for the conservative agenda. The representatives in attendance were Rep. Wendy Horman (R-Idaho Falls); Rep. Julie Yamamoto (R-Caldwell); Rep. Marco Erickson (R-Idaho Falls); Rep. Brandon Mitchell (R-Moscow); Rep. Julianne Young (R-Blackfoot); Rep. Judy Boyle (R-Midvale); Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger (R-Lewiston); Rep. Dorothy Moon (R-Stanley), Rep. Ron Nate (R-Rexburg); Rep. Karey Hanks (R-St. Anthony); Rep. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard); Rep. Vito Barbieri (R-Dalton Gardens); Rep. Randy Armstrong (R-Inkom); Sen. Christy Zito (R-Hammett); Rep. Chad Christensen (R-Iona); Rep. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa); Sen. Regina Bayer (R-Meridian); Rep. Priscilla Giddings (R-White Bird); Rep. Tammy Nichols (R-Middleton); and Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin.

To view the legislative agenda, click HERE.

View Idaho Conservative Agenda – Press Release