Author: Madison Liberty Institute

Anderson: Freedom of Violence 

By Abigail J. Anderson This past year, I watched painfully as my city burned to the ground. I am a native Minnesotan, born and raised in the Twin City suburbs. I love Minnesota—the lakes, natural beauty, the people, the history and culture, and all the museums and entertainment the Twin Cities have to offer.  On…

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 16

Last week was the end of the 122-day 2021 legislative session, the longest in Idaho history. The session, which has been full of strong arguments, legislative proposals to advance liberty, and many to tear it down, ended with more of the same last Wednesday. Usually, at the end of the legislative session, the House and…

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Action Alert: Parental Notice to Opt-Out of SBAC

Parents across Idaho are refusing to allow their children to participate in the end-of-year school testing. This testing is called the ISAT 2.0 or SBAC. It is usually administered in early to mid-March. (For context, click HERE for a letter from the Idaho chapter of National Education Guardians, dated February 16, 2020.) All parents should…

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Conzatti: Freedom – A Blessing of God

“We, the people of the state of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare do establish this Constitution.”  -Preamble to the Idaho Constitution, 1890 The Declaration of Independence articulated the “self-evident” truth that every person is “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that…

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Zito: The Match Continues

The actions of the Executive branch this week with regard to the Stay Healthy Order are beginning to feel like a horrible game of chess. The legislature—your voice in state government—is being challenged in a most unfair way. When the legislature was not in session, the executive branch did as it pleased without listening to…

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Zito: The Problem with SJR.101 (Psychoactive Drugs)

The bill that has generated the most discussion from constituents last week was Senate Joint Resolution 101 (SJR.101). I will explain why I did not support this bill. I am not a supporter of recreational psychoactive drugs. I do see and understand the value of medical use of marijuana. You will hear the term “incorporation…

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 4

ECONOMY & TAXATION New Legislation: Senate Bill 1041 introduced by Senator Jim Guthrie would prohibit excessive price increases during a declared emergency, amending an already existing law. The bill would protect consumers from unfair pricing in trade and commerce. This week, the legislation was passed out of the Senate Commerce and Human Resource Committee and…

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Support Lemonade Stand Freedom (HB.21)

Cities should not require permits and licenses for the infrequent businesses of minors — be it a lemonade stand, babysitting, lawn mowing, etc. House Bill 21 would do the following: Prohibit local governments from requiring minors to obtain a permit or license to operate an occasional business. Exclude such businesses from an obligation to collect…

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Senate Bill 13 (2021): Commercial Transactions

Senate Bill 13 (S1013) seeks to limit licensing and improve the efficiency of lenders.  It also adjusts the civil recourse for those wronged by lenders. Bill Details Number: S1013 (2021) Title: Commercial Transactions Text | Statement of Purpose Status: Referred to the Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee (updated: 01.21.2021) Sponsor(s):  Agency Requested: Department of…

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Senate Bill 4 (2021): Twenty-Seventh Payroll Fund

Senate Bill 4 (S1004) proposes that measures be taken to prepare for the 27th payroll period that will occur in 2028.  Every 11 years there is an extra payroll period which results in a substantial increase in expenses for the state.  This legislation initiates preparations for this period now. Bill Details Number: S1004 (2021) Title:…

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