Posts tagged: Senate Affairs Committee
The Senate State Affairs Committee has voted 7-2 along party lines, with only the panel’s two Democrats objecting, to approve SB 1254, the guns-on-campus bill, and recommend to the full Senate that it pass. Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, said only about a third of those who signed up to testify on the guns on campus bill got to do so. “We’re pushing up against a hard deadline because we have the Lincoln Day presentation,” he said. Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise, asked that the vote be held off to allow more of those who wanted to testify to do so, including students, law enforcement officials and university officials, but was voted down/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Are you surprised that legislative Republicans support a bill that is opposed by every college in the state?
Following is Kevin Richert's editorial for Sunday: “The campaign to expand Idaho’s Human Rights Act centered on a straightforward slogan: 'Add The Words.' So now, what words can we add to our description of the 2012 Legislature? How about callous? Or dismissive? Or embarrassing? All of these words fairly describe the actions of the Senate State Affairs Committee Friday. On a party-line decision, and without much second thought, the committee rejected a proposal to extend human rights protections to gays, lesbians and transgender Idahoans. This basic, fair step to prevent discrimination in the workplace and the housing market didn’t get a hearing. In the committee’s narrow view, this proposal didn’t even merit any real consideration”/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Idaho Statesman/AP photo by Chris Butler: A group expresses their disbelieve with a silent protest outside the Senate State Affair Committee meeting today)