Newsletter: February 5, 2018

February 9, 2018

Lawmakers launch push to examine Idaho’s occupational licensing rules
Eye on Boise • 2-5-18 • Betsy Russell

Occupational Licensing Press ConfMore than a dozen GOP lawmakers, including two senators, held a news conference today in the Capitol to announce that they’re forming a “Regulatory Reform Joint Subcommittee” to examine the rules and regulations of state licensing boards and look for ways to streamline them. The panel, to be co-chaired by Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, and Sen. Todd Lakey, R-Nampa, will be a subcommittee of the House Business Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee.

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WWAMI – Addressing the need for doctors in rural Idaho

wwamiOn Tuesday, lawmakers learned more about the need for doctors in the rural areas of the state as they visited with representatives from the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) program.

The five-state WWAMI program is a high-quality, cost-effective program for training physicians and other healthcare professionals in rural areas.

I​d​aho ​WWAMI students complete their first year of medical training at the University of​ Idaho’s Moscow campus. WWAMI, the University of Washington’s regional medical program, allows entering medical students to train in their home state, increasing their familiarity with the healthcare needs of their region and state, and increasing the likelihood that students will select further training or practice opportunities in Idaho once their training is complete.

Click Here for more information regarding the WWAMI program.

JFAC continues budget hearings

Members of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee meet as the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) to analyze available revenue and state agency budget requests in order to set a balanced state budget each year.

This week JFAC heard budget requests from the agencies listed below. Click Here to access the JAFC agenda and budget requests as well as live streaming/recordings of the budget presentations.

Idaho Transportation Department
Self-governing Agencies Regulatory Boards
Medical Boards
State Liquor Division
State Independent Living Council
Historical Society
Department of Lands
Endowment Fund Investment Board
Department of Correction
Commission of Pardons and Parole
Joint Millennium Fund Committee
Catastrophic Health Care Fund (CAT)
Department of Juvenile Corrections
Department of Parks and Recreation
Lava Hot Springs Foundation.

Legislators meet with county officials

iac-meets-in-boiseOn Wednesday, legislators spoke with members of the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) to learn more about the impact state policies can have on local counties. IAC members also listened in on committee meetings and floor debate during the legislative day.

IAC consists of officials representing each of Idaho’s 44 counties. The Idaho Association of Counties promotes county interests, advocates good public policy, and provides education to county officials. The association strives to be the most trusted source for county government policy information and the leading source of knowledge for county officials.

To learn more about legislation the Idaho Association of Counties is tracking Click Here.

Young learners share knowledge with lawmakers

blockfestYoung children, parents and teachers gathered in the rotunda this week and shared the interactive BLOCK Fest® program with legislators and the public.

BLOCK Fest® was developed and piloted by the University of Idaho in 2005. It is a research-based program that helps raise awareness of early math and science learning by offering a hands-on block play experience for young children, parents, preschool teachers and the community.

Click Here to learn more about the BLOCK Fest® program.

Feb 7, 2018

healthcareBOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposal to reduce Idaho’s health coverage gap is headed to the House floor for debate.
House Health and Welfare Committee members spent several hours Wednesday hearing public testimony before voting 7-5 to advance the proposal. If approved, the bill would allow the state to seek two federal waivers to the Affordable Care Act. Click Here for the full story.

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