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"The individual woman is required...a thousand times a day to choose either to accept her appointed role and thereby rescue her good disposition out of the wreckage of her self-respect, or else follow an independent line of behavior and rescue her self-respect out of the wreckage of her good disposition"
- Jeannette Rankin, American politician and women's rights advocate, and the first woman to hold federal office in the United States

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Women's History Month
The month of March is dedicated to honoring the contributions of women to events in history and current society. Throughout this month I will highlight women that have made a positive impact on our world.

Medicaid Expansion Sideboards
We are continuing to see opposition to Medicaid Expansion with efforts to add sideboards.This week, Rep. Vander Woude introduced two separate bills that would put restrictions on Medicaid Expansion by adding work requirements and unnecessary waivers. On Friday, the House Health and Welfare Committee held an extended hearing, allowing the public to testify on the bill. The hearing lasted until the House went onto the floor and continued after the floor session. The committee chairman, Rep. Wood, chose to hold the bill until further notice and the Committee did not take a vote. I want to affirm to you that I remain a strong supporter of Medicaid Expansion and believe it should be implemented as voted on by the people of Idaho. I strongly oppose any sort of time delay or work requirement being tacked on to Medicaid Expansion.

Idaho Day
On March 4th, the Legislature celebrated Idaho Day. The Senate celebration included the Madison High School Vocal Spectrum and Bel Canton Choir from Rexburg, performing the "Star Spangled Banner," "America the Beautiful," and "Here We Have Idaho." There was also a video showcasing individual Senators discussing their hometowns and the districts they represent. Many thanks to Senators David Nelson and Dave Lent for putting on this wonderful, commemorative event.

Evictions Bill
HB 138, legislation combining the eviction process into a single court filing and allowing evictions to be completed in a month or less died on the House floor by 2 votes on Monday. While the bill sought to streamline the eviction process for landlords, it caused considerable concern. Low-income individuals would carry extra pressure for moving belongs, paying court fees, and trying to relocate quickly. The Attorney General's Office also found that parts of the bill would violate the Idaho Constitution. It is important to ensure the rights of Idahoans are secure and that we do not leave those most vulnerable to be targeted by laws such as this.

Opt-In Sex Education Bill
The House voted along party lines to pass HB 120, a sex-ed bill requiring parents to "opt-in" to sex education rather than the current, "opt out." The bill was introduced by Representative Ehardt to change the current form of sex education in schools. The bill proposes to gain increased involvement of parents by requiring parental review and approval of materials before allowing their children to view. Concerns range from lack of parental involvement to increases in STD's and higher social services costs. The bill now heads to the Senate.

Boise State University and University of Idaho Presidential Finalists
The University of Idaho and Boise State University have both named their finalists for their new Presidents. The University of Idaho's candidates include the following:

  • Christopher Callahan, Founding Dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University
  • Diane Z. Chase, Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Scott Green, Global Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Hogan Lovells
  • Elizabeth Spiller, Dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Davis
  • Paul Tikalsky, Dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology at Oklahoma State University

Boise State University final presidential candidates are:

  • Susan E. Borrego, Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint
  • Darren Dawson, Dean of the College of Engineering at Kansas State University
  • Andrew Marcus, professor of Geography and the former Dean of the College Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon
  • Edward Seidel, Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation (VPEDI) for the University of Illinois System
  • Marlene Tromp, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Both Universities hosted a meet and greet this week for their students, staff, and the communities to hear from the candidates.

Idaho is Too Great for Hate
I am cosponsoring a bill with Senator Chuck Winder (D20- Meridian) that will create a new Idaho license plate honoring the Anne Frank Memorial and symbolizing that Idaho is "Too Great for Hate." The Wassmuth Center, home of the Anne Frank Memorial will use funds raised to sustain and expand educational programming. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously to print the bill and we now await a committee hearing.

Marsy's Law Fails on Senate Floor
By a vote of 23-12, Marsy's Law failed on the Senate floor on Thursday, March 7th. This legislation aimed at enhancing rights for victims of crime. In that the bill. As the bill was a Senate Joint Resolution, it requires a two-thirds majority vote by both houses for a win. I am heartbroken we failed to pass this legislation that would have ensured the safety, respect, support, and empowerment that crime victims deserve.

Oral Chemotherapy Treatment 1034
The Senate passed SB1034, a piece of legislation aimed at making oral chemotherapy more accessible and affordable for cancer patients. Oral chemotherapy has the potential to significantly help cancer patients and should not be more expensive than intravenous chemotherapy. I believe we should work on reducing the costs of prescription drugs and that this legislation will be beneficial to Idaho citizens. This bill has been sent to the House Health and Welfare Committee for a hearing.

Thanks to You
I am so humbled and excited to receive your good wishes upon being named Woman of the Year 2019 by the Idaho Business Review. I am so honored and appreciative.

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Frank Church Gala Event on March 16 at 5:30 pm
The Frank & Bethine Church Gala is the signature event for the Idaho Democratic Party. Now entering its 25th year, the Gala attracts hundreds of Democrats from every corner of the state. The Gala is the capstone of a day filled with trainings and workshops for Idaho Democrats and is a memorable evening for all who participate. If you are interested in attending, tickets can be found here.

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.

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