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Rep. McMillan blames Obama for her lack of legislative success

State Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, says it’s President Obama’s fault that she hasn’t been able to pass legislation in Idaho overturning EPA regulations. McMillan told Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence, “My people in Shoshone County want me to deal with the EPA. But as long as we have this president, I'm not going to get anywhere with my bills.”

McMillan is currently running for a fourth term representing the 7th Legislative District. During her first three terms she never carried a bill that made it out of committee.

In 2014, she proposed legislation that would have blocked enforcement of all water quality standards in the state. When the committee asked why the bill was drafted that way, she said “because I took it to Legislative Services and this is what they gave me.” The committee declined to even introduce the measure.

McMillan, who is being challenged in the May 17 Republican primary by Priscilla Giddings of White Bird, told Spence, “I’m just as effective as anyone (in the Legislature).” Giddings served three combat tours in the Middle East as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force; Spence’s full post is online here at his “Political Theater” blog.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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