Amiah Van Hill with her friend Senator Bob Nonini

Amiah with her friend Senator Bob Nonini on Monday March 13 in the Idaho Capitol. Amiah, a first grader and Cathyanne’s little violin student, won Best of Class for grades 1-4 for Invent Idaho. Her invention is a Dewey Drone, which would file and sort library books.

Weekly Legislative Update (February 20-24)


This last week The Idaho State Senate had the honor of hosting a memorial service for previous State Senators. It took place on the Senate Floor. The Idaho State Senate honored Grant R. Ipsen, Claude J. Burtenshaw, Mark G. Ricks, Kenneth L. Robison, Robert W. Saxvik, John D. Hansen. Many heartfelt and humorous stories were shared about each individual. [Read more…]

What’s going on with STEM in Idaho

Senator Bob Nonini recently interviewed on Idaho Local Edition:

Photos from the recent STEM Matters event during Education Week (all photos by Otto Kitsinger for the Idaho STEM Action Center):

Watch this animation video created at the STEM Matters event. The video was made with Wondermedia Storymaker. Enjoy!!


Weekly Legislative Update (January 30-February 3)


This week the State Controllers Office made a presentation open to the public regarding a new online computer program they will be using. They believe this will far more efficient and significant improvement. It functions somewhat like “a cloud”. Encrypted for security. Additionally it features many tools to make tasks easier to perform.

Thus far this Legislative Session has been wrapping up its review of the administrative rules from the various state agencies. This is valuable process that allows the legislature reject rules or portions of the rules that are unduly burdensome or do not fit with the intent of the code. We have also been reviewing the governor’s appointments of individuals to the various state boards and commissions. We have been moving at a consistent pace. [Read more…]

Senator Nonini Appointed to Idaho’s Higher Education Task Force

The following is excerpted from the website on February 1, 2017.

Membership Announced for Higher Ed, Workforce Development Task Forces

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the full membership rolls today for two new task forces created to study and recommend how best to address Idaho’s “K-through-Career” education and job training needs beyond high school.

The Governor’s 36-member Higher Education Task Force and 17-member Workforce Development Task Force both have scheduled organizational meetings in Boise on Friday, February 10th to begin their work. They are patterned on the Governor’s successful Task Force for Improving Education, which submitted 20 recommendations for K-12 public school reforms. The State now is in the third year of a five-year plan for implementing those recommendations targeting teacher pay, preparation and professional development, local school accountability, post-secondary counseling, classroom technology and student performance. [Read more…]