Tag: Christy Zito

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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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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Bill Alert: Sex Reassignment Surgery for Minors

Remember the James Younger custody battle in Texas late last year? A jury ruled that the seven-year-old boy’s mother could get the boy hormone therapy devised to help him transition into a female. All of this was against the will of the boy’s father, who contended that James was being forced into identifying as a girl by…

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House Bill 358 – Daylight saving time, exemption

On January 24th, Representative Christy Zito (R-Hammett) introduced House Bill 358 (H0358) into the House State Affairs Committee. This bill exempts Idaho from the Daylight Saving Time section of federal law. There is evidence that health is negatively impacted, sometimes severely, by Daylight Saving Time and this bill seeks to protect the health of citizens…

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House Bill 206: Young Adult Concealed Carry

On February 26, 2019, State Representatives Christy Zito (R-Hammett) and Julianne Young (R-Blackfoot) introduced House Bill 206 (H0206), which amends section 18-3302(4) of the Idaho Code to allow young adults (18-21) to conceal carry inside city limits. Currently, under section 18-3302, Idaho Code, “permitless carry is already legal outside of city limits for individuals 18…

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Idaho House Seeks to Revise Mandatory Minimums

On February 6, 2019, State Representatives Ilana Rubel (D-Boise) and Bryan Zollinger (R-Idaho Falls) introduced House Bill 99 (H0099), which seeks to amend “existing law to revise provisions regarding sentences for trafficking of controlled substances.” According to the statement of purpose, H0099 “provides for judicial discretion in such sentencing in instances where the prescribed minimum…

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S1049: Partial-Birth Abortion

On February 1, 2019, State Senators Lori Den Hartog and Todd Lakey introduced Senate Bill 1049 (S1049), which seeks to amend “existing law to revise provisions regarding partial-birth abortion.” If passed, S1049 would update Idaho’s ban on partial-birth abortion to be consistent with federal law. The ban ensures that partial-birth abortions are illegal to perform…

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