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"The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better."

-Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

I had the honor of singing "Amazing Grace" during Gov. Little's inauguration.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

State of the State
Last Monday, Governor Brad Little delivered the State of the State address to the Legislature where he outlined his plans for the future of Idaho. I was glad to hear him express his continued commitment to education and support for Medicaid Expansion. The people of Idaho have spoken loud and clear, by their votes, of their support for this Idaho solution, not some watered down version. Medicaid Expansion is the prudent, most cost effective and efficient way to deliver healthcare to thousands of Idahoans. While the discussion has been opened, I am, however concerned about the funding formula for Education under consideration. I find many aspects problematic. Stay tuned.

Ethics and Respectful Workplace Training
Ethics and Respectful Workplace training was conducted for Legislators, staff, interns, and others doing business at the capitol. Brian Kane and Colleen Zahn of the Attorney General's office presented the training. The Respectful Workplace training included presentation of the newly completed Respectful Workplace policy developed over the last last legislative session. The policy "expressly prohibits harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination based on an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability." The policy sets up a Respectful Workplace Committee that handles complaints, in consultation with the Idaho Attorney General's office, as well as, requires respectful workplace training for all legislative stakeholders. It was my honor to co-chair the committee charged to develop the policy with Sen. Caroline Nilsson Troy with a cadre of committed stakeholders. This policy protects not only legislators but the staff, shareholders and visitors. Further, it fosters an environment where people can not just come to work but can thrive.

In December the Senate Democratic Caucus took an oath to honor the will of the people and we will do just that in support of Idahoans' overwhelming support of Medicaid Expansion. The battle to get healthcare to 68,000 Idahoans is not over yet. The Legislature must pass legislation that funds Medicaid for the first two years after which the savings realized will fund it. I join the legion of folks working diligently to ensure Medicaid Expansion is implemented appropriately and as the voters intended. Medicaid is one of my top priorities for this legislative session.

Meet Lindsay Virgin
I am pleased to introduce you to Lindsay Virgin, my attache for this legislative session. Lindsay is a very welcomed addition to the Senate Leadership team. This phenomenal young woman worked tirelessly on District 19's re-election campaigns and has been very involved with the Idaho Democratic Party. She is an invaluable resource. While working with us this session, Lindsay is completing her BS Political Science degree at Boise State this semester. Please contact Lindsay to schedule appointments, if you have questions or concerns and if you have immediate need to get in contact with me. You may reach Lindsay by phone at (208) 332-1416 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Criminal Justice Reinvestment
Over the last nine months I have had the opportunity to serve on the Criminal Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee which focuses on criminal justice reform and reinvesting in members of our community who are re-entering after serving their sentences. Some of the topics that were discussed were Idaho's prison population, community reentry centers, types of offenders, and sentencing in Idaho. Ultimately the committee made four recommendations: that the Idaho Department of Corrections' make a request for an additional 30 probation and parole officer positions to the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, to draft legislation that allows courts to deviate from mandatory minimums on a basis determined by the committee, to extend the Criminal Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee for four years,and to support the expansion of the St. Anthony's facility and the new reentry center in northern Idaho.

College of Idaho Group Visit
Eleven students from the College of Idaho had the opportunity to attend the Governor's Inaugural Ball on Saturday, January 5th thanks to the generosity of a thoughtful citizen. I had the absolute pleasure of getting to meet and spend time with them and the Director of International recruitment, Greg Franz. The students represented four countries: Iraq, Malawi, Swaziland, and the United States. They were invited to attend based on their interest in government and Political Science. It was refreshing to interact and hear from various perspectives about their excitement and observations of our system. One of the students, Joshua Andersen, said, "I very much enjoyed the openness and public accessibility of the event. It is encouraging to me as a young civic-minded individual to have the opportunity to interact with state officials in a social context like the Inaugural Ball." The group even had the chance to meet and be photographed with Judge Lodge, a former alumni of College of Idaho.

Talking with these students from around the world and participating in the inauguration called to my attention the wonderful privilege it is to be a member of this body and to participate in a public, democratic government. I was able to witness people of all backgrounds and walks of life unite at the Capitol following a change in leadership . I will hold the vision and the feeling of pride and honor to serve in my heart as I embark on another year of service in the Legislature. I am looking forward to all this session has in store and furthering progress for Idaho.

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Women's March January 19 at the Capitol
This Saturday, People for Unity is hosting the 2019 Women's March in Boise. I am eager to take part in this hallmark event and speak with the many intergenerational individuals from all backgrounds. Not only am I excited and proud for the young women - Maddie Oppenheimer, Layla Bagwell, Charlotte Iradukunda, Percephone Bias, Kylie Casper, and Jessica Hernandez-Garcia - behind this phenomenal cause, but to have Jennifer Palmier, a former White House communications director and author of the New York Times best-seller "Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World", as a speaker. I invite you to participate with us as we march " solidarity to raise and empower Idaho's diverse communities of womxn," (People for Unity). Join me on the Capitol steps at 9:00 am.

District 19 Forums
Your District 19 Representatives are hosting forums throughout February in order to hear from you. These will be held on the following Tuesdays at 6:00 pm. We would love for you to attend!

February 5, 2019 at Hidden Springs Elementary School
February 19, 2019 at Shadow Hills Elementary School

Here to Serve You
My goal is to address the immediate needs of District 19 while working strategically toward long term solutions. It is my honor to serve you in the Idaho State Senate. Know that your letters, emails, texts, and calls are invaluable. I appreciate hearing what is most important to you and your family.

You can reach me at (208) 332-1339 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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