Rules and Resolutions: What GOP Leaders Passed

2013-06-16T02:00:00Z Rules and Resolutions: What GOP Leaders PassedBy Kimberlee Kruesi - Twin Falls Times-News

McCALL • The Idaho Republican Central Committee passed 27 of the 32 resolutions presented at its summer convention yesterday.

The members approved four resolutions to reject the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which would require rejecting implementation of a state-based health care exchange.

State officials are at work on such a health insurance exchange — or online marketplaces for the public to choose from health insurance options — after state lawmakers passed the exchange bill during the 2013 legislative session.

Another resolution says the Idaho GOP rejects collecting personal student data for non-educational purposes related to the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

The state isn’t collecting any more data on students than before Common Core was adopted, state Superintendent Tome Luna told the GOP resolutions committee. But members voiced concern that in light of recent federal data-collecting scandals, the state should not collect private data.

The Central Committee also passed a resolution that urges Idaho lawmakers to enact a law to prohibit municipalities from expanding any anti-discrimination policy beyond the state’s policy. The state’s policy does not protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, so cities couldn’t either under such a law. Six cities, including Twin Falls, currently protect such people from discrimination.

While the committee approved most resolutions, it only passed two of 10 proposed rule changes:

• P09, requiring the state Republican chairman to send out a news release with information on adherence to the state party platform to the district chairman 60 days before the primary election and to news outlets 30 days before the primary.

• P11, ruling that a legislative chairman cannot vote in more than one region.

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