A mini-uprising broke out in the Idaho Legislature in 2017. Some of the House’s most conservative members grew frustrated that many of their proposals never saw the light of day, blocked by House leadership or committee chairs.
House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, tried to broker peace by assuring the disgruntled members that their bills would get a chance to be heard this year.
“So far, he is keeping his word and allowing it to happen.” said Rep. Bryan Zollinger, R-Idaho Falls, one of the founding members of the Idaho Freedom Caucus.
That was especially apparent after Thursday, Zollinger said. Several bills from the House’s more conservative members were successfully introduced that morning, largely in the House State Affairs Committee.
“I am personally going to thank Speaker Bedke as soon as I see him,” Zollinger said.
Many of the topics introduced Thursday will sound familiar to Statehouse regulars.
Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, says government agencies should be allowed to post required legal notices on their websites rather than in a newspaper.
For generations, newspapers have been the mandated source to view