Friday, May 13, 2011

Legislatorsí forums coming to valley

District 25 legislators to discuss session

District 25 legislators have been taking their show on the road for months, traveling throughout the four-county district on a whirlwind meet-and-greet tour that will reach the Wood River Valley this weekend.

Rep. Donna Pence, D-Gooding, Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, and Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, will hold the first of two valley town halls at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Oak Street Foods in Bellevue. The legislators will follow that meeting with one at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, at the Roosevelt Grille in Ketchum.

Pence said she's been pleased with the tour's success so far.

"We've had a good response from folks, and they are curious about a lot of the legislation," she said. "There's lots of interest in all the things we're talking about."


Attendees always have the opportunity to ask questions, but the legislators also are prepared with their own topics of discussion. Pence said she normally talks about education, while Stennett addresses state affairs and Jaquet discusses the budget.

"The topics we're talking about are always ones people are pretty interested in," she said.

The Hagerman town hall on Wednesday mainly focused on the issue of confined-animal-feeding operations such as feedlots, but Pence said she expected Wood River Valley topics to take a less agricultural and more economic bent.

"The housing market is terrible, and we only had one small bill that had anything to do with jobs. I would have liked to see a lot more incentives," Pence said. She added that she expects job creation and education discussion to dominate this week's forums.

The meetings follow a question-and-answer format, during which attendees are allowed and encouraged to comment. Forums are free and open to everyone.

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