Weekly Update

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 was the time, and the Capitol Auditorium was the setting for the Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee’s first hearing on Gov. C.L.”Butch” Otter’s proposal to create a state-based Health Care Exchange. There were 200 attendees for 1 ½ hours of lively testimony, covering the three major points of discussion. Should Idaho go with the Federal Health Exchange, should Gov. Otter’s plan be implemented or should all forms of Health Care Exchange be opposed? Slated for Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm is the Continuation of Hearing of the Health Insurance Exchange, S1042.

The official position on gun violence has been declared by the Idaho Sheriffs Association. At their annual legislative meeting in Boise this week, the sheriffs confirmed that they”support the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms and we oppose any intrusion upon those rights.” Concern has been expressed by the citizenry that”legally prohibited persons” be prevented from gaining access to firearms. Measures will be taken to improve mental health treatment for those individuals.

Legislation was introduced in the Senate Education Committee proposing that school age children be banned from returning to the public schools, if they are convicted felons or have committed a violent misdemeanor. Gangs were started, drugs were sold and two high school girls were impregnated by two felons who returned to school from prison. These incidents were the inspiration for the sponsor of the bill to write it. The bill passed through committee without any discussion, and will be introduced on the Senate floor.

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