As we start the third month in Boise, budgets are being set. We will be debating the largest general fund budget this week - that being the public schools budget. It has proposed increases for the coming fiscal year. Please follow the debate at the Idaho Legislature's homepage.
The creation of a state based health insurance exchange will be debated on the House Floor later this week. It will be another good debate to follow.
A Message from Bob
Now that the 2013 Legislature is adjourning, I would like to convey what an honor it has been to represent Kootenai County's District 3 in the Idaho State Senate. This year marked my first year as a member of the Senate after serving in the House for eight years and as House Education Committee Chairman for six years. As your Senator this year, I was an active member of the Agricultural Affairs, Education and Transportation Committees.
Some of the more substantive issues we faced were the creation of a state-based insurance exchange to implement Obama Care, education issues and the education budget, and personal property tax relief.
Many hours of committee meetings and many more hours of floor debate were brought by HB 248, the state insurance exchange. The bill was successful and . . . Read more »
The following is an excerpt from an article published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on May 12, 2013, by Jeff Selle, Staff Writer.
Senator Bob Nonini grew up in Wallace, Idaho, in a single parent home. His mother was huge influence in his life.
He remembers counting her tips when she came home from waiting tables at Sweet's Restaurant in Wallace.
She eventually became a bookkeeper, and then became a deputy auditor for Shoshone County. Eventually she made a successful run for county clerk … Read more
The following is an excerpt from an article published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on March 16, 2013, by Bill Buley and Alecia Warren, Staff Writers.
Alex Knoll loves his school, Lutheran Academy of the Master in Coeur d'Alene.
So much so, that the 8-year-old stood calmly in front of the state's Tax and Revenue Committee on Friday and spoke on House Bill 286.
"I want everybody to know they can chose to come to my school," said the son of Brian and Anne Knoll of Coeur d'Alene.
House … Read more
The following is an excerpt from an article published in Idaho Education News on March 15, 2013, by Kevin Richert.
Sen. Bob Nonini says Idaho can enable more than 3,000 students to attend private schools — and save the state and school districts $5.8 million — by encouraging Idahoans to contribute to private school scholarship programs.
In the end, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted 12-4 to send Nonini’s income tax credit bill to the House floor with a do-pass … Read more
The following is an excerpt from an article published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on March 13, 2013, by Alecia Warren, Staff Writer.
Coeur d'Alene Tribe officials were celebrating on Tuesday afternoon, when the state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill forbidding counties from taxing tribal government land.
The bill now only requires Gov. Butch Otter's signature to become law. The legislation would end years of confusion over whether Kootenai County can assess and tax the tribe's … Read more