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Rep. Tom Loertscher: House Highlights Feb. 24

March 10th, 2015 by Halli

by Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Bone

I can’t remember a year in the legislature that has been anywhere near as busy as this one. This last week was jam-packed full of committee hearings, memorials, page presentations, and speeches from our two US senators. I also can’t remember a session where there are as many contentious issues as we have before us at this time.

There are several bills in the State affairs committee that are awaiting their turns for hearings that are bound to bring many to the capital for comments. Among those are historical racing, state purchasing, parental rights, constitutional carry, and open records to name a few. I am sure there will be a few things appear that we don’t know about yet.

There is an annual 4-H conference known as Know Your Government that brings young people from all over the state. We are invited to visit with them over breakfast, talk about their experiences at the capital, discuss what they have learned and what their plans are for the future. We seem to have the largest group from District 32 and they are a lot of fun to be around.

Another of our annual events is for us to honor those former members that have passed away in the previous year. It is a chance for us to reflect on their achievements and to remind us that all who have served touched the lives of many. There were eleven memorialized this year and the scary part for me is that I served with seven of them.

Our first set of pages are on their way home now and it is customary for them to do a skit for the House before they leave us. It is shocking to see how observant they are of what we do here. They portrayed our idiosyncrasies to a tee and we found it very entertaining. These are great young high school seniors that make it possible for us to do our work.

It was my thousand mile weekend and I was able to visit with many in Montpelier and Idaho Falls. The calving season has begun at home as well and we could not ask for better weather. One cattleman in Montpelier told me that the only problem with this kind of weather during calving season is that you have to catch the calves the first day or it is impossible to do. So I left that for the boys and returned to Boise. Oh well, they are better at it anyway.

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