Here is what Idaho Senate Leadership says about Bob

“Senator Bob Nonini has been an effective lawmaker throughout his legislative career. As a solid conservative, Bob has represented the people of his district with distinction. We are fortunate to have Bob in the legislature and urge his constituents to return him to the Idaho State Senate!”
~ Senator Brent Hill, Senate Pro-Tem

“Bob Nonini’s passion for conservative principles and issues is well known in Idaho’s Capitol. Although Bob is new to the Senate after having served 8 years in the House, Senator Nonini’s effective approach this year helped the Idaho Senate in immeasurable ways. I look forward to that continued association. I’ve learned to count on Bob, and I believe Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene should too.”
~ Senator Bart Davis, Senate Majority Leader

“I am supporting Senator Nonini because he represents his constituents with passion and integrity!”
~ Senator Chuck Winder, Senate Assistant Majority Leader

State legislation could give funding boost to NIC

The following article was originally published in The Coeur d’Alene Press on March 15, 2014, by Dave Goins, Press Correspondent. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d’Alene Press.

BOISE – Legislation which would provide nearly $1 million into North Idaho College’s budget was introduced Thursday by three North Idaho lawmakers. Its chances for approval, however, remain unclear.

Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, introduced a proposal in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee that would channel dollars now being used by urban renewal districts to Idaho’s three community colleges.

Nonini said the fate of the legislation he co-sponsored with Reps. Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d’Alene, and Kathleen Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, hinges on whether or not it would receive a Senate committee hearing if it clears the Idaho House. Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee Chairman Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, remains undecided that issue.

House tax committee chairman Gary Collins, R-Nampa, pegged it at a “60 to 70 percent chance” that the legislation wouldn’t receive a full committee hearing. Leaders at the Idaho Legislature have set a March 21 goal for wrapping up the business of the 2014 legislative session.

“If he (Siddoway) would agree to hear it, I probably would have a hearing,” Collins said. “But, that’s kind of in flux right now. So, I would say it’s probably a 60 or 70 percent (chance) that we won’t have a hearing.”

Nonini said NIC’s annual budget is “about $41 million,” but in 2012 local urban renewal districts received $958,341 that should have gone to the community college’s budget. Financial sources to fund NIC include state funds, tuition and fees, and local property taxes.

“That budget of $41 billion [sic] to North Idaho College is going to be reached one way or another,” Nonini told the House tax committee. “But my concerns is what’s fair to all the other taxpayers who support that.”

Weekly Legislative Update (March 10-14)

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The Senate voted unanimously to send a strong message to President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry through Senate Joint Memorial 106. The memorial implores Obama and Kerry to use every opportunity and resource to end the unjust imprisonment and secure the immediate release of U.S. Citizen and Ada County resident, Pastor Saeed Abedini. His wife, Naghmeh Abedini, was in the gallery for the reading and debate of SJM106. Abedini was visiting his parents in Iran when he was arrested, imprisoned and continues to be tortured because of his Christian faith.
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Bill would help Hidden Lake float home owners connect to sewer system

The following article was originally published in The Coeur d’Alene Press on February 21, 2014, by Dave Goins, Press Correspondent. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d’Alene Press.

BOISE – Sen. Bob Nonini on Wednesday promoted legislation that would enable the owners of 23 historic float homes on Hidden Lake to get low-interest state financing to connect their properties to the park’s sewer system.
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Legislative Town Hall Meeting, Saturday March 1, 2014

The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee held a Town Hall meeting on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Senator Nonini and Representative Mendive (District 3), Representative Kathy Sims (District 4), Senator Vick and Representative Barbieri (District 2) were in attendance. The event was well attended and lasted well over two hours with many questions and much discussion on current legislative issues.

Images from the Town Hall meeting:

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Senator Nonini at his desk on the Senate floor during debate of a bill February 2014

Senator Nonini at his desk on the Senate floor during debate of a bill February 2014