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Idaho Legislature Continues To Suppress People’s Voice

Current practice allows just one legislator to suppress the ideas of other districts across the state.

Idaho Legislature Continues To Suppress People's Voice

Idaho Legislature Continues To Suppress People’s Voice

by Rep. Heather Scott

We still have a serious problem in the Idaho legislature.  Your voice as a citizen is being denied and suppressed while a select few committee chairmen continue to protect unelected bureaucracies or special interest lobby groups by denying debate of proposed legislation.

Last year several good bills passed the House and were quietly entombed in Senate Committee Chairman drawers. This year it is a little better in the House, but not the Senate.  

The role of a chairman is not to veto bills they don’t agree with but to facilitate the committee process. Pride and arrogance should never drive legislators, and committee chairmen in particularly, should make every effort to foster healthy debate on all bills.  

Current practice allows just one legislator to suppress the ideas of other districts across the state. This is totally against the Republic form of government our constitution guarantees.

Abortion Human Rights Act is being denied a print hearing by the Chairman of the House State Affairs Committee. 

Do you see a trend here?

HB133 Vaccination Bill passed the House Floor but is being denied in the Senate Health and Welfare by the Committee Chairman. 

Still obstructing open debate here too.   

Grocery Tax Repeal is being denied a committee print hearing by the Revenue and Tax Committee Chairman.

Wow, this looks like a legislative epidemic.

HB100Adminstrative Rules Review bill to require all pending administrative rules shall be affirmatively approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, via a concurrent resolution. This bill is being held in the Senate. 

Yep, same problem here too. 

HB99 Mandatory Minimums is being denied a hearing by the Senate Judicial Rules Committee Chairman. 

I rest my case.

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