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The Session Continues

The last few weeks at the State Legislature have been a lot of work and I seem to learn new things daily. The work in the committees at times feels endless but Joint Appropriations and Finance Committee (JFAC) is just wrapping up hearing reports from all the state departments and we are listening to discussion on the stimulus package. We are preparing to set the state budgets for 2009 and as I am sure everyone knows the decisions this year are not easy ones. As a representative of the people, one must make decisions at times that people do not agree with, but I strive daily to make sure that all my constituents are in the best possible situation in these tough economic times.

Through all the trouble and strife that everyone keeps talking about I still have a firm belief in the “light at the end of the tunnel.” We WILL get through this recession and we WILL come out stronger then before due to the resiliency and hard work of the Idaho citizens.

We have considered some important issues thus far in this session and I would like to
make you aware of some of them. Here are a few examples:

HJM-002: Regarding the 60th anniversary of the Idaho National Laboratory.

S1011: Regarding moving the Idaho State Historical Society from under the State
Board of Education to the Department of Self- Governing Agencies.

S1013: Moved the Commission for Libraries within the Department of Self- Governing
Agencies.

If you want to see how I voted onĀ an issue go to the state’s webpage at: www.legislature.idaho.gov. I encourage you to look and please send me your thoughts,
comments, concerns to my email at dmortimer@senate.idaho.gov or feel free to write
me a letter at Dean Mortimer, Capitol Annex, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, Idaho
83720-0081. I value your input and will always keep it in mind while voting for you.

As always I want to thank you for the opportunity to represent you in the
legislative process. I recognize the responsibilty and take it seriously. I pledge
my best efforts and time.