Halfway House Reform
I was able to meet with House Leadership and the Department of Corrections to find common ground on HB126 and our efforts to re-align our halfway house system. A late Monday evening gathering was a breakthrough for us. The Department of Corrections offered constructive feedback for us that turned into the 1st Substitute of the bill. I presented the bill on Thursday and it was overwhelmingly supported with a 64-5 vote. Our next step is to shepherd the bill through the Senate as we work on the fiscal note. Here is a video of the floor presentation:
Remembering Our Progenitors
My grandmother passed away Saturday evening and her funeral was held in Shelley, Idaho on Wednesday. I was asked to speak at her funeral. We spent the day with family as we remembered the great life and example Grandma gave us.
While I was out of town Wednesday, I was made aware that my colleague Jon Stanard had hastily resigned due to the failing health of his father. The abrupt and cold nature of his departure hurt just as much as hearing about the suffering in his family. Then, Thursday morning, the headlines hit about his very poor judgement. The Legislature is still trying to process what has happened. My heart goes out to Jon's wife and children who are innocent victims of this sad turn of events.
It is a reminder that life is about choices and we must live with the choices that we make. May we be wise in what we choose.
Scenes from the Capitol
Most government meetings threaten to put people to sleep. Some of my colleagues take that threat very seriously.
One of the more serious presentations we heard this week.
Hanging out with my Ogden Arts peeps.
Trashing a state monument (the Capitol) to show solidarity with a state monument. Facepalm!
The most delicious part of the week.
The sympathy Symphony bars return as bills start failing on the board.
House Floor Humor
Mr. Peterson's Bills
HB20 - Political Activities and Elections - This bill is sitting on the Senate 2nd reading calendar and will be voted on soon.
HB80 - Child Placement Amendments - This bill passed the House unanimously and was heard in Senate Committee this week. It now moves on to the Senate Floor for a vote.
HB110 - Lobbyist Licensing Amendments - We are putting the polishing touches on this bill before having it heard in committee next week.
HB126 - Inmate Housing Amendments - This bill will be heard soon in Senate Committee
HB193 - National Popular Vote Interstate Compact - This bill is waiting patiently to be put on our committee agenda.
HB270 - Teacher Employment Amendments - This bill is scheduled to be heard in committee next week.