Senator Bair files for Idaho Senate

March 4, 2014

Press Release-Blackfoot, Idaho
Senator Steve Bair has filed to run as Bingham County’s State Senator. Sen. Bair has served 4 terms in the Idaho Senate. “It is a distinct and genuine honor to serve and represent the good folks of District 31, Bingham County”, said Senator Bair, “and water issues continue to be one of the top priorities.” Bair added, “Protecting upper valley surface water and ground water pumpers has been and will remain a top priority”.

Senator Bair is a strong supporter of agriculture. In 2010 he was appointed Chairman of the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee. Recently Senator Bair was presented the “Legislator of the Year” award by the State Soil and Water Districts Association. This session Senator Bair was co-sponsor of legislation to protect illegal entry onto agricultural facilities and land (S1337), which was signed into law Feb. 28, 2014. Senator Bair believes in reducing farm regulation whenever possible.

Senator Bair is a strong supporter of balancing the state budget. He has consistently demonstrated fiscal responsibility while serving on the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee and supporting appropriations that balanced the state budget.

Senator Bair supports providing education with the appropriate policy and fiscal tools necessary to improve education of our students. This session he says, “There will be a significant increase in education funding, both for our educators and for operating expenses”.

He is deeply involved in water issues and has been instrumental in promoting aquifer recharge and reservoir expansion as top priorities of the legislature. Senator Bair has been instrumental in providing the necessary funding to develop recharge sites and to pay for cost of moving water to the sites to recharge. He has worked with Governor Otter and leadership to resolve numerous water issues before the legislature.

Senator Bair currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Resource and Environment Committee, is a member of the Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee, and was elected by his fellow Senators as one of two senators to serve on Legislative Council, which oversees Legislative Services Employees, legislative session preparation and oversight, and the Capitol building preservation.

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