Rep. Karey Hanks – District 35
COMMITTEES AND LEGISLATION
Our committee work is beginning to wind down a little bit, as we are tentatively scheduled to finish our work by March 24th (sine die). In order for the Senate and House to hear the other’s bills, we are supposed to have voted on all House bills before next week—the chairmen call it a transmittal date.
The House voted down a bill that would have allowed the Labor department to require fingerprinting of a wide range of potential employees, subcontractors and even volunteers; and to purchase a $10,000 fingerprinting machine. Many of us think this is overstepping their authority, and that these machines are already available in other venues.
An Article V Convention bill failed in the Senate, 11-24. The House may hear another one and I am hopeful we can defeat it. For those interested in the results, follow this link: Session Information SCR108
One dyed fuel bill also was defeated in the Senate this week. I’m watching for the other two.
We also passed HB202, which revises which property can be taken in civil asset forfeiture. This was a bipartisan bill which passed 58-10.
MORE ON THE CRATERS OF THE MOON NATIONAL MONUMENT VS. NATIONAL PARK
I am still researching the ramifications of supporting a change in designation for Craters of the Moon. I am including this spoof on what happens to people living near national parks, even though it really isn’t funny.
ASHTON & DOG SLEDDING
Ashton celebrated the 100th year of sled dog racing in February. The House passed HB151 which exempts sled dog racing from the current law, which forbids dog racing in Idaho. Ashton is famous for these races, which are held every year.
American Dog Derby
IDAHO DAY—MARCH 3, 2017
We celebrated Idaho Day on Friday. Idaho became a territory March 4, 1863. The Boise State University Meistersingers sang the National Anthem on the House floor. It was beautiful!
Each representative chose a favorite place in our districts and posted them as a photo at our desks. I chose Mesa Falls! It was difficult to choose, because our district has many amazing landmarks.
2ND AMENDMENT RALLY
We had a great turnout for the rally in support of the right to keep and bear arms on Saturday, the 25th at the Capitol. Greg Pruett, Zach Brooks, Christy Zito and I spoke about our Castle Doctrine and Residency bills.
The Ririe Bulldogs are playing in the Boys’ State Basketball tournament here in Boise. The girls won State championship 2 weeks ago.
The Butte County Pirates are also playing in the Boys’ State Basketball tournament. Their games are in Caldwell. Butte county girls took state also! Congratulations!
Idaho Federation of Republican Women ladies were here for Red Jacket days and their annual meeting. I enjoyed lunches with Bonnie Burlage, Fremont county Republican Women president, and Susan Baker, RW county treasurer.