Author: Lindsey Zea

Alarming Crib to Kindergarten Federal Education Grant: Act Now

This afternoon the House of Representatives is expected to vote on Senate Bill 1193, a bill to accept a federal grant of nearly $6 million dollars for the education of children ages 0-5 years in Idaho. While education is well recognized as essential, this bill raises serious concerns by choosing a private organization (the Idaho…

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Action Alert: Fetal Heartbeat Legislation (HB.366)

Have you ever considered when life begins? The Governor will soon be taking action on House Bill 366 (HB.366), a pro-life bill that takes a stance on when life begins. Some propose that a sign of life is determined by detecting a heartbeat. At this moment, life begins. Much like one indicator of death is no…

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 13

EDUCATION New Legislation: House Bill 377 would protect free speech and prohibit K-12 teachers and professors of higher education institutions from requiring students to adopt a position on any issue personally. It promotes non-discriminatory practices in the classroom and allows for funds to be retracted from a school if there is a violation of this…

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 12

EDUCATION New Legislation: House Bill 364, called the Protecting Critical Thinking in Higher Education Act and sponsored by Representative Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls), was introduced this week and passed out of the House Education Committee. This bill would reinforce the right to free speech and is being presented in response to the stories of discrimination…

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 11

GOOD GOVERNANCE Update: This week, Senate Concurrent Resolution 107, sponsored by Senator Jim Guthrie (R-McCammon), passed the Senate by a vote of 28 to 7. This resolution establishes a committee to study the issue of illegal immigrants driving on Idaho roads without insurance and knowledge of United States driving laws, with consideration of offering a…

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 10

EMPLOYMENT & TAXES New Legislation: This week, House Bill 332 was introduced by Rep. Steven Harris (R-Meridian), passed out of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, and filed for second reading. This tax relief bill proposes to reduce all income tax brackets and set the top bracket to 6.5%, retroactive to January 2021. It also…

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Idaho Legislators Hit the Ground Running with a 2021 Conservative Agenda

(Photo Credit Blake Jones/IdahoPress) 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…

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Pandemic Response: What’s on the Agenda for Lewiston?

Will the City of Lewiston adopt a COVID-19 mandatory mask order the week before Thanksgiving? This afternoon, Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 3:15 pm, the Lewiston City Council is “considering various options in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including, but not limited to: advisory order(s); mandatory order(s); proclamation(s); resolution(s).” The full agenda for today’s special council…

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Rexburg Looks to Enforce Mask Mandate

Will you wake up under a strict mask mandate tomorrow morning? If you live in Rexburg you just might. This evening, November 18, 2020, at 6:30 pm, the Rexburg City Council will vote on an ordinance  (Ordinance 1243) calling for a new city-wide mask mandate, which would also require businesses to enforce the mandate. Violators (individuals)…

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HJR4: The Question on the Back of Idaho’s 2020 General Election ballot

While information about the presidential candidates has been all over the news the last several months, you may not be aware of the Idaho State Constitutional Amendment that you will be asked to cast a vote for on November 3rd. The backside of the ballot has only one question: should the number of Idaho legislative…

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