Sen. Heider Works For the Governor – Not the People
by Shari Dovale
A debate about legalizing CBD oil for medical use in Idaho turned into a shouting match behind closed doors.
Sen. Lee Heider was overheard yelling at his committee: “The governor’s office doesn’t want this bill, the prosecutors don’t want this bill, the office on drug policy doesn’t want this bill.”
With the citizens of Idaho overwhelmingly supporting Rep. Dorothy Moon’s presentation of a bill to legalize oil extracted from cannabis plants (CBD Oil), the establishment used it’s known tactics to kill the bill.
Republican Sen. Tony Potts asked the Senate Health and Welfare Committee to give HB 577 a hearing after supporters of the bill said they were being blocked by legislative leaders.
Committee Chairman Lee Heider told members that they would discuss this bill in his office.
The AP reported hearing a lot of yelling when the members went behind closed doors to discuss the bill:
The majority of the panel – not including Sen. Maryanne Jordan, D-Boise, who said she thought the move violated Senate rules – then trooped nto Heider’s office to discuss Potts’ motion.
Heider denied a request by a reporter for The Associated Press, who followed lawmakers into the office, to sit in on the meeting.
Yells could be heard from multiple members inside Heider’s office.
“The governor’s office doesn’t want this bill, the prosecutors don’t want this bill, the office on drug policy doesn’t want this bill,” Heider said, who could be heard shouting to his members by the AP on the other side of the door.
Gov. Butch Otter has previously vetoed a similar bill and has let it be known that he would do it again. Establishment Republicans seem to be catering to the Governor in their killing of the bill.
The establishment politicians that torpedoed this bill, that was only designed to help a multitude of people, do not seem to understand the concept of “Working for the people”.
It is time to elect true Liberty candidates that will explain it to them!
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