Articles by Bob Nonini

Weekly Legislative Update (February 16-20)


U.S. SENATORS JIM RISCH & MIKE CRAPO – U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo addressed both the Idaho House and Senate this week. This is the second consecutive year in Idaho’s Legislative history that both U.S. Senators came and the Idaho Senate. The Senators emphasized their strong cooperative relationship in Washington, D.C., working together on issues to make Idaho’s votes count. [Read more…]

Weekly Legislative Update (February 9-13)


SENATOR MIKE CRAPO – U.S. Senator Mike Crapo will kick off the 2015 Congressional Forum hosted by the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. Senator Crapo will review the latest federal issues in the 114th Congress and answer questions on February 19th from noon to 1:00pm at The Grove Hotel.

GARY STEVENS HONORED – This week Senator Jim Rice, on behalf of the Agricultural Affairs Committee, proposed a Senate Concurrent Resolution to honor Gary Stevens for his outstanding career and accomplishments in horse racing. [Read more…]

Weekly Legislative Update (February 2-6)


IDAHO TRADE OFFICES – The Idaho Departments of Agriculture and Commerce jointly oversee trade offices in Mexico, China and Taiwan in an effort to assist Idaho companies export their products. Managers, Armando Orellana of the Idaho-Mexico Trade Office and Xu Fang of the Idaho-China Office, briefed the Senate Agricultural Affairs and Senate Commerce & Human Resources Committees this week.

Idaho-Mexico Trade – Idaho’s exports to Mexico increased 6.25 percent from 2012 to 2013. Over 100 trade events, including trade shows, in-store promotions and inbound buying [Read more…]

Weekly Legislative Update (January 26-30)


ADD THE WORDS – Following 22 hours of testimony and discussion, the House State Affairs Committee voted 13-4 to defeat a bill that would have added the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act. Advocates of adding the words sexual orientation and gender identity have sought legislative action for several years. Proponents shared their personal stories about why they felt the legislation was needed. Opponents maintained that these issues do not rise to the level of race, color, sex, gender, national origin or religious freedom already listed in the Idaho Human Rights Act. Concerns were expressed that the wording would infringe on  [Read more…]

Weekly Legislative Update (January 19-23)


EDUCATION – Senator Nonini and Representative DeMordant are proposing a solution to increase Idaho’s national rank in education through a rise in S.T.E.M. — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (from hereon out referred to as STEM). The objective is to see Idaho’s K-12 education excel, focusing in the fields of agriculture technology, computer science and energy, which will equip students to pursue STEM degrees beyond high school graduation and be able to compete in a global workforce. Work is underway as seen in the Twenty Recommendations for Improving Education set forth by the Task Force for Improving Education. [Read more…]