Newsletter: January 26, 2015

January 28, 2015

Rules Review
The Senate and House Health and Welfare Committee (and all committees) found themselves neck deep in rule review. The H&W committees each wade through two 4 inch loose-leaf binders full of proposed agency rule changes. It will take those legislators about 3 weeks to read and vote to accept or reject each rule. It is a herculean effort of hours of reading to understand the complicated rules. Yet it is arguably one of the most important tasks the legislature performs each session. Rules review provides a critical check and balance on agencies to ensure the agencies follow the intent of law.
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2015 Legislative Outlook

January 20, 2015

One may be sure of one thing in Idaho politics: correctly predicting upcoming issues in the Idaho Legislature would take miraculous predictive abilities. Those abilities don’t exist in this Senator. After being at the Capitol for the first week of the legislative session, there are however, quickly emerging issues.
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Senator Steve Bair receives the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation's "Friend of Agriculture" award

Senator Steve Bair receives the “Friend of Agriculture” award from the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation

DATE: April 18, 2014
Contact: Russ Hendricks, (208)342-2688


Senator Steve Bair, (R-Blackfoot) District 31, has received the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) “Friend of Agriculture” award.

IFBF President Frank Priestley stated “The Idaho Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that Sen. Bair scored 96 percent in voting on selected bills that were important to agriculture and our members over the past two years. He has proven to be a great supporter of agriculture and we appreciate his dedication and service in the legislature.”
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2014 End of Session Notes

March 23, 2014

As this session of Idaho State Legislature comes to a close, I want to thank you for allowing me to serve you in the Idaho State Senate. It is truly an honor and a privilege to represent you.
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Bill Summary
This week, the Idaho legislature had the feel of the session winding down. The committee work is mostly complete; therefore most committees are shut down for the session. The Senate spent both mornings and the afternoons hearing, debating and voting on bills. Here is a synopsis of some legislation to pass from the Senate and house floors. We are on course for a Friday, March 21, adjournment, Sine Die.
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