Legislative Update- January 6, 2020

Legislative Update- January 6, 2020

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. —Douglas McArthur

The Second Regular Session of the 65th Idaho Legislature convened Monday, and I am certain the tread on my shoes will need replaced soon. We are off and running.

Governor Little gave his State of the State Address Monday. There was a lot to like. It has been since 2014 that we have seen a budget this conservative, limiting general fund spending growth to 3.75 percent. Now, our members in the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee will start to review those recommendations before addressing the State’s funding needs in a thoughtful and disciplined manner. A couple highlights include, a surplus of $60 million, increasing rainy-day funds by a total of $102 million, a four percent increase in spending on K-12 education, a $30 million increase to pay for experienced teachers, and $35 million to reduce the grocery sales tax burden. 

Administrative Rules across the board are up for review and re-authorization. Much of my time this week was spent reviewing those.  Health and Welfare, on Wednesday, reviewed more than 24 including the Board of Pharmacy, Board of Medicine, Board of Nursing, Board of Acupuncture, and Board of Optometry to name just a few. Many were Omnibus and Omnibus Fee Rules, which were rules passed in prior years and recommended for reauthorization. None of them were controversial. 2020 brings about the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, so stay tuned for recognition of the value nurses serve throughout Idaho and our commitment to their support.

We introduced nine pieces of legislation in Health and Welfare Friday. Hearings on those have been tentatively scheduled for the week of January 20. Please go to the legislative website to review those and provide comments.

I had the opportunity to sit in on a White House conference call surrounding President Trump’s work to modernize the National Environment Protection Act. Modernization of NEPA is a HUGE step in the right direction for not only our ranching and rural communities, but also for our roads, bridges, airports, railways, renewable energy projects, and waterways. Although we would all like to see more, the increased efforts to eliminate further burdens on project renewals and delivery is valued. Idaho leads the way in public land management and bringing together diverse users. 

As always, I am honored to serve the good people of District 25 and look forward to seeing and hearing from you. 

Stronger Roots. Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. 

Please follow along on Facebook and Twitter or Idaho’s Legislative Website for agendas, minutes, rules, and proposed legislation: www.legislature.idaho.gov.

Representative Laurie Lickley 

Letter: Vote Lickley for House Seat 25A

Letter: Vote Lickley for House Seat 25A

Magic Valley News Article – Link

Excerpt 

We support Laurie Lickley for Idaho House of Representative District 25A. Laurie is a hardworking, thoughtful candidate who will represent our district with honesty and integrity. She will bring a fresh voice to Boise, taking into consideration what is best for Idaho students, as well as Idaho educators. Running on a platform of strong families and communities, she supports education — understanding the importance of a strong education for our children’s futures. As veteran educators in the Magic Valley, we are excited to hear her voice speak for a stronger education for Idaho’s children.

Laurie is an honest, hardworking rancher, not afraid to get her hands dirty through hard work. Her experience working with the Idaho Cattle Association brings a depth of knowledge and experience of the ag industry that few other candidates possess. With the best interests of the people of the Magic Valley at the forefront of her decision-making, her strength lies in her ability to listen to issues and hear all sides. If she doesn’t know the answer, she takes the time to research the issue and find answers that are best for the people of our community.

Many people running for public office want to tell you what you should think about the issues. Laurie listens to what you think, what you want and what you need. She listens to all stakeholders and then makes a sound decision. She will do a great job for us in Boise. Please vote Laurie Lickley for District 25A State Representative on May 15.

Marvin and Denise Mumm

Kimberly

Magic Valley Incumbents Face Challengers in House Primary Races

Magic Valley Incumbents Face Challengers in House Primary Races

Magic Valley News Article – Link

 

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District 25, House Seat A:

Laurie Lickley
Laurie Lickley

Three Republican candidates from Jerome will compete for the seat left vacant by Bell: Laurie Lickley, B. Roy Prescott, and Glenneda Zuiderveld.

Lickley and Prescott are ranchers who have held leadership positions in statewide and national beef industry groups; Zuiderveld runs a family business trimming cattle hoofs.

Lickley says her campaign is focused on “stronger roots, stronger families, and stronger communities.”Her platform includes supporting Idaho’s water sovereignty, increasing access to affordable health care, working with rural communities to expand workforce development, and “protecting the economic viability of our small businesses with a very slight hand of government.”

 

Press Release

Press Release

 

LAURIE LICKLEY FILES FOR IDAHO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 25 A

 

March 5, 2018 – JEROME, ID – Laurie Lickley, a Jerome rancher and native Idahoan, announces her candidacy for the Idaho House of Representatives District 25 A.

 

The seat, currently held by Representative Maxine Bell who has indicated she wouldn’t run for re-election in 2018, covers all of Jerome County, eastern Twin Falls County, and a sliver of western Twin Falls County.

Lickley, a registered Republican, has served in multiple leadership positions in the community and at the state and national level. She was appointed by Governor Otter to the Idaho Beef Council from 2005-2011. She most recently served as President of the Idaho Cattle Association and director to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

I’m proud to be part of a fourth generation ranching family and a native Idahoan because it allows me to really understand what Idaho needs for a stronger future. I am committed to uphold our constitutional and conservative values in the form of hard work, integrity, and civil, collaborative conversations,” Lickley said. “I am passionate about working together to give our families and neighbors their chance at the American Dream through quality education, affordable healthcare, and opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses to thrive.”

Lickley and her husband, Bill, raised their two children on the family’s 100-year-old farm and ranch in Jerome and she continues to serve her community through the Idaho Foodbank, Leadership Idaho Agriculture, and the Jerome Rotary.

“I have known Laurie and her family for more than 10 years, during which time I have seen her always act with intelligence, humility, kindness and humor.  She loves her family, Idaho and the agricultural community and way of life,” said Penelope Parker, owner of Parker Law Offices. “I cannot even begin to tell you how important it is for us to elect her to office; she is one of those rare individuals who will exceed all of our expectations.”

Lickley’s campaign will focus on creating stronger roots, stronger families, and stronger communities in Idaho through supported agricultural industries, a focus on retaining and recruiting teachers, affordable healthcare, and thriving small businesses.

Laurie’s pragmatic, common sense approach to problem solving is a necessity in our statehouse to build bridges without compromising character or the fabric our community,” said Wyatt Prescott, former Executive Vice President of the Idaho Cattle Association. “Her leadership will carry on the no-nonsense statesmanship track record of District 25.”