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Happy Idaho Day!
On Wednesday, we celebrated Idaho Day across the Capitol and the State. The relatively new holiday honors all that’s great about Idaho and is held on the anniversary of the day President Abraham Lincoln created the Idaho Territory in 1863. The legislation to create it was championed by our former colleague, Rep. Linden Bateman.
Rep. Anderst Retiring

After four terms, Rep. Robert Anderst announced his retirement from the House of Representatives this week. He will not be seeking reelection in the Fall.

“For the past eight years, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of District 12 and Nampa in the House chamber,” said Rep. Anderst. “The trust you have shown has always humbled me. The State of Idaho has been our family’s home for five generations, and we are committed to continue serving, but in new ways.”

Anderst also thanked all those who have been so supportive: family, friends and total strangers.

Rep. Collins Stepping Away

After two full decades serving the state of Idaho, Representative Gary Collins announced he will not seek reelection in the Fall. Collins is in his 10th term representing the people of Canyon County in the Idaho Statehouse.

“I’m making this decision with a heavy heart. I’ve made a lot of great friends in my time as a civil servant, and I’ve also made a difference for my constituents,” said Rep. Collins. “I care deeply for my community in Nampa and this state where I was born, raised a family, and built a business. There are many ways in which I will continue to serve and give back to the community that has given me so much. But, it’s time for me step aside in my official capacity as a State Representative.”

Rep. Collins is the Chairman of the House Revenue & Taxation Committee. He also serves on the Business and Local Government Committees. 

Smart Budgeting

The House Republican Caucus is committed to being responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. That’s why we voted down the budget bill for the Office of the State Treasurer on Thursday. The Treasurer’s budget, like the Soil Conservation budget, looked to have room to be more fiscally conservative.

“The vote was a reset and review, and we can assure the Treasurer and other departments, that all budgets will be set by the end of the session,” said Rep. Megan Blanksma, House Majority Caucus Chair.

Tune In!
A member of your House Republican Caucus will be back on the radio this week. Representative Greg Chaney will be on KBOI with Mike Kasper and Chris Walton on Thursday morning. The Chairman of the Judiciary, Rules & Administration Committee will appear between 8:30am and 9:00am. Tune in!

Member Legislation

Opposing Surgery for Sexual Abuser

Your House Republican Caucus is affirming its opposition to Idaho taxpayers funding gender reassignment surgery for a convicted sexual abuser. Senate Concurrent Resolution 135 is co-sponsored by Representative Mike Kingsley. It supports Governor Brad Little and the Idaho Department of Correction in their opposition to our State providing the surgery to Adree Edmo.

“The idea that Idahoans’ hard-earned dollars would have to go to a medically unnecessary surgery for someone who sexually abused a 15-year-old boy is disgusting,” said Rep. Kingsley. “This is yet another flawed decision by the 9th Circuit, and we need to fight it until we see justice.”

Governor Little has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court the decision by the 9th Circuit Court for the state prison system to provide the surgery. The Idaho House of Representatives is expected to take up SCR135 next week.

Facts Don’t Discriminate
Representative Julianne Young cleared up misinformation spreading about her legislation, the Idaho Vital Statistics Act, House Bill 509. Contrary to some reports, the bill does not ban transgender individuals from making changes to their birth certificates. It addresses important constitutional questions and provides a uniform process that may be used by anyone to amend material facts on birth certificates. Rep. Young’s editorial on the matter ran in newspapers and on websites across the state.
Fighting Voter Fatigue 
Representative Wendy Horman’s House Bill 393, which would require school districts to run bond issues and levies in May and November is set to be heard in the Senate. The House passed the bill late last week. It would eliminate March and August school elections, creating a consolidated calendar that would improve voter turnout and engagement.
Keep Updated

You can learn more about all the legislation being debated by our Caucus members. Just check the House Reading Calendar found at the link below.