MONDAY was the last day to introduce bills in all but a few of the Legislature’s “privileged” committees, and there were some fairly significant ones. House Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, introduced one to extend primary care coverage to some of the state’s uninsured. The House Judiciary and Rules Committee also printed a flurry of bills, including ones to remove mandatory minimums for drug crimes, charge heroin dealers whose customers overdose and die with second-degree murder and to place some more restrictions on how police can seize assets from suspected criminals.
TUESDAY the full House passed Rep. Clark Kauffman’s bill exempting small dog races at county fairs from the state’s general ban on dog racing. The House Transportation Committee passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls, to let people speed by up to 15 mph over when passing on two-lane roads where the speed limit is 55 mph or over, as well as a bill to shift, over five years, the money the Idaho State Police get from the fuel tax into transportation.
WEDNESDAY the Senate State Affairs Committee introduced a resolution calling for a convention of states to draft a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but nixed a proposed bill to start counting lawmakers’ service as part-time and not full-time for pension purposes. Some have been calling for changes to end so-called “pension spiking,” or when former lawmakers get a significant pension bump after retiring and spending a few years in a full-time state job. Later in the morning, a group of about 30 clergy dropped off a letter to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter asking him to reconsider his recent statements about preferring the admission of Christian refugees over others.
THURSDAY hundreds of high school students from the Boise area rallied on the Capitol steps to protest against recently confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The House State Affairs Committee printed a resolution honoring the contributions of immigrants to Idaho, clearing the way for a hearing on it later, although some lawmakers had questions and concerns about it. It also passed a bill introduced by Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, to exempt sled dog racing from Idaho’s general ban on dog racing. Scott said she decided to introduce the exemption bill after finding out about Kauffman’s bill and learning that sled dog racing could technically be a felony in Idaho. And, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee green-lighted a bill brought by Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, to require more disclosure of the cost of individual bonds on people’s property tax bills.
Later in the day, Idaho Dairymen’s Association Executive Director Bob Naerebout gave a presentation to the House Agricultural Affairs Committee, much of which he spent talking about the role immigrants, including undocumented ones, play in the state’s dairy industry and asking lawmakers to oppose having local police enforce immigration laws. And the House and Senate Education committees met jointly to hear a report from the state Department of Education on teacher evaluations.
FRIDAY Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, introduced a bill in Senate State Affairs to raise the age to buy and use tobacco, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21.
The House passed a resolution honoring Minoru Yasui, a Japanese-American man who went to court to fight for his rights during World War II and was interned at the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Jerome County. The House suspended its rules to pass the resolution (it was on the “second reading” calendar, not the “third,” which is where bills usually are before a full vote) to get it done in time for Monday, which is the “Day of Remembrance” for the Japanese internment. The House also passed 60-5 Clow’s bill to allow speeding while passing on some roads.
NEXT WEEK Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, plans on Monday to introduce a new version of his bill taking money away from “sanctuary cities” that don’t comply with federal immigration laws.
The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, which sets the state’s budgets, wrapped up its budget hearing process on Friday and next weeks starts actually setting the budgets.
A few other things to watch for are whether the hearing on Wood’s health care bill takes place next week; whether Senate leadership makes any decisions on supporting changes to the state’s existing legal exemptions for parents who believe in faith healing; whether any new transportation funding proposals are introduced, and whether the one to shift fuel tax money away from ISP passes the House; and whether we see a new version of a bill to regulate bail enforcement agents that was killed last week.
RUPERT — The Minidoka County School District board is seeking candidates for appointment to Jason Gibbon’s seat in Zone 4.
The board will appoint a member to serve until June 30, when a new board member elected on May 16 will be sworn into office.
Candidates can also file to run for the seat in Zone 4.
Superintendent Ken Cox said Gibbons served on the board for six year.
“He has graciously dedicated many hours serving on our board, acting as vice chair and representing the board in numerous capacities,” Cox said in a press release. “His thoughtful questions and faithful representation of his constituency will be missed.”
Kerri Tibbitts, board clerk, said Gibbons moved his residence out of the zone and can no longer serve on the board.
Applicants must live in Zone 4, which is inside the Rupert city limits.
Board seat in Zone 1, occupied by Jeff Gibson, is also up for reelection in May.
Zone 1 covers the southwest corner of the district.
For candidate forms and more information on the zone boundaries contact Tibbitts at 208-436-4727 or stop by the district service center, 310 10th St., Rupert.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., March 17.
The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 13 at the district service center.
St. Luke’s Magic Valley
Santiago Guillermo Garcia, son of Mandolyn Wind Garcia-Ruiz and Pedro Ricardo Garcia-Ruiz of Twin Falls, was born Feb. 22, 2017.
Kade David Bawcom, son of Kaylah Shay Harris and Riley Scott Bawcom of Spring Creek, Nev., was born Feb. 22, 2017.
Amaya Maleah Nowland, daughter of Carrie Ramos Nowland and Erron Andrew Nowland of Idaho Falls, was born Feb. 23, 2017.
Wyatt Ivan Delgado, son of Katie Ann Delgado and Jaime Ivan Delgado Caldera of Twin Falls, was born Feb. 24, 2017.
Koda Frost Maloney, son of McKinleigh Sue Maloney of Twin Falls, was born Feb. 24, 2017.
Oakley J. Frank, son of Kamille Rose Davies and Matthew Jack Frank of Twin Falls, was born Feb. 24, 2017.
Tristan William Kennedy, son of Kyndra Elizabeth Magee and Aaron Neal Kennedy of Jackpot, Nev., was born Feb. 25, 2017.
Sebastian Ceballos, son of Angelica Maria and Jose Jesus Ceballos of Jerome, was born Feb. 27, 2017.
RaLynn Jean Raines, daughter of Ashley RaNee and Tyler Justin Raines of Twin Falls, was born Feb. 27, 2017.
Mika Paikea Carreon Mitton, daughter of Aissa Lea Carreon Mitton and Maverick Andrew Mitton of Kimberly, was born Feb. 28, 2017.
Killian Thomas White, son of Calysta Grace White and Tommy Lloyd Standlee III of Richfield, was born Feb. 28, 2017.
Rachel Lei Banyai, daughter of Brenda Lei and Nicolaus James Banyai of Buhl, was born Feb. 28, 2017.
Zykiel Giani Leon, son of Maira Cristal Ortega and Cesar Giovanni Leon of Jerome, was born Feb. 28, 2017.
Bear Douglas Bahoravitch, son of Victoria White Bahoravitch and Dirk Bradley Bahoravitch of Twin Falls, was born March 1, 2017.
Natalie Guadalupe Gonzales, daughter of Jeannette Sanguino Juarez and Jose Arturo Gonzales of Twin Falls, was born March 1, 2017.
Twin Falls County
William James Sawyer, 47, Twin Falls; theft by redeiving, possessing or disposing of stolen property, $245.50 costs, $500 public defender, 14 years penitentiary, eight years determinate, six indeterminate, 117 days credited, 365 days retained jurisdiction.
Gerami Shaun Secord, 38, Twin Falls; theft by receiving, possessing or disposing of stolen property, $245.50 costs, $100 DNA, 14 years penitentiary, five determinate, nine years indeterminate, 18 days credited, sentence to run concurrent to other charges. Second charge theft by receiving, possessing or disposing of stolen property, $245.50 costs, 14 years penitentiary, five determinate, nine years indeterminate, 18 days credited. Three charges theft by receiving, possessing or disposing of stolen property dismissed.
Trevor Danny Hildreth, 26, Twin Falls; possession of a controlled substance, $285.50 costs, $100 DNA, $500 public defender, $738.50 restitution, five years penitentiary, two determinate, three indeterminate, credit for time served, sentence suspended, three years supervised probation.
Anna Marie Kolster Rill, 23, Twin Falls; grand theft, $245.50 costs, $100 DNA, four years penitentiary, two determinate, two indeterminate, credit for time served, sentence suspended.
Chase Steven Whetter, 28, Twin Falls; $245.50 costs, $1,000 fine, five years penitentiary, two determinate, three indeterminate, seven days credited, 365 days retained jurisdiction, sentence to run concurrent to 2015 case. Theft by receiving, possession or disposing of stolen property charge dismissed.
Karen Michele Coats, 35, Twin Falls; possession of a controlled substance, $285.50 costs, $100 DNA, $688.35 restitution, seven years penitentiary, three determinate, four indeterminate, 45 days credited, sentence suspended, four years supervised probation.
DRIVING UNDER THE
Anthony Christopher Harris, 21, Buhl; DUI second offense, $1,000 fine, $1,000 suspended, $202.50 costs, $75 public defender, 180 days jail, 175 suspended, one day credited, 365 days restricted drivers license, 24 months supervised probation, attend victim impact panel and court alcohol school, one year interlock device.
Brian Adam Neitzke, 38, Twin Falls; DUI excessive, $1,000 fine, $1,000 suspended, $202.50 costs, 180 days jail, 175 suspended, 365 days restricted drivers license, 24 months supervised probation, attend victim impact panel and court alcohol school.
Gregory Allen Hatke, 52, Twin Falls; DUI, $1,000 fine, $600 suspended, $202.50 costs, $50 public defender,180 days jail, 176 suspended, one day credited, 180 days restricted drivers license, 24 months supervised probation, 24 hours work detail, attend victim impact panel and court alcohol school.
Charles Edward Noakes Jr., 26, Buhl; DUI, $1,000 fine, $600 suspended, $202.50 costs, $50 public defender, 180 days jail, 175 suspended, one day credited, 32 hours work detail, 180 days restricted drivers license, 24 months supervised probation, attend victim impact panel.
Cory Douglas Collins, 23, Twin Falls; DUI, $1,000 fine, $600 suspended, $202.50 costs, $50 public defender, 180 days jail, 177 suspended, two days credited, eight hours work detail, 180 days restricted drivers license, 12 months supervised probation, attend victim impact panel and court alcohol school.
Michelle Lynn Ferreira, 37, Burley, DUI, $1,000 fine, $600 suspended, $202.50 costs, 180 days jail, 177 suspended, one day credited, guilty withheld sentence, 16 hours work detail, 180 days restricted drivers license, 12 months supervised probation, attend victim impact panel and court alcohol school.
Darilyn Gertrude Seeber, 53, Twin Falls; DUI excessive, $1,000 fine, $800 suspended, $202.50 costs, 365 days jail, 355 suspended, one day credited, 365 days drivers license suspension, interlock device to follow suspension, 24 months supervised probation.
Heather Bybee v. Robert Bybee II
Dorina Rodriguez v. Jorge Rodriguez
James Clayson v. Jessica Clayson
Shari Perkins v. Stephen Perkins
Yelmi Magana-Mejia v. Edgar Torres-Gonzalez
Jennifer Bryant v. Robert Bryant
Ashley Maxwell v. Wasiu Adepoju
Everett Hicks v. Krystin Nelson
John Root v. Judy Root
Carol Donnally v. Micheal Donnally
Bobby Besancon v. Jeffrey Besancon
Average daily flows
Snake River at Heise 15,460 cfs
Snake River at Blackfoot 18,552 cfs
Snake River at American Falls 19,822 cfs
Snake River at Minidoka 19,168 cfs
Snake River at Milner 15,367 cfs
Little Wood River near Carey 1,032 cfs
Jackson Lake is 56 percent full.
Palisades Reservoir is 13 percent full.
American Falls Reservoir is 93 percent full.
Upper Snake River system is at 62 percent capacity.
As of April 21.