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Legislature 2013 Begins

The 63rd session of the Idaho State Legislature has begun in full stride with an enthusiastic speech from Governor Otter. I too am cautiously optimistic about this year as there is much to accomplish in the next few months which gives the Legislature many opportunities to improve upon the lives of Idaho residents.
The most impactful legislation this year will also be the most contentious. The Legislature expects to continue to find a way to balance Idaho’s budget while implementing pragmatic changes to adjust to changes required to conform with the new national health care law, enact new rules to accommodate the public’s rejection of education proposals 1,2, and 3, and potentially repeal the personal property tax. Please inform yourself of these possible changes.
Many of these decisions will impact Idahoans in great ways in the years to come. Please contact me to notify me what your stance is on proposed legislation is and how the legislature can improve existing rules. You can follow legislation by watching committees online. Please keep in mind I am involved with the Joint Finance Appropriation Committee, the Education Committee, and the Judiciary and Rules Committee. More information about the meeting times and other members of these meetings can be found by clicking on the committee you are interested in. After perusing the committees you can get more information about the legislature and proposed statutes at http://legislature.idaho.gov/.
I look forward to serving you for the next few months as your Senator. Please let me know what concerns or suggestions you have as we move forward with the promising opportunities this year has to offer. Thank you for choosing me to represent District 30 and the State of Idaho.

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