Weekly Legislative Update (January 26-30)

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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)

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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…]

Weekly Legislative Update (January 12-16)

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EDUCATION– The Governor’s public schools recommendation represents a 7.4 percent funding increase for K-12 education, a near $60 million above pre-recession funding levels.  The recommended increase includes funding for a career ladder to increase teacher salaries, restoring operational funding to districts, improving professional development for teachers, and increasing counseling and technology for career and college students. It also includes an increase of $20 million in discretionary funds for local districts.

EORAC– Before the session started, EORAC met and discussed revenue projections put forth by the Governor. These revenue projections were approved with three “no” votes. The revenue projections put forth by EORAC were unanimously voted on by JFAC. The Committee voted to [Read more…]

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.”