Friday, October 28, 2011

Lawmakers to meet with local officials

District 25 reps discuss upcoming session

Express Staff Writer

Blaine County will be able to bend the ears of state lawmakers next week when District 25 legislators come to Hailey to meet with local elected officials and organization heads on the upcoming legislative session.

Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, and Reps. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, and Donna Pence, D-Gooding, will spend Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Blaine County Annex building in Hailey.

The representatives conduct town meetings each year before the start of the session, gathering information on how constituents feel regarding the issues likely to come up when the Legislature convenes in January.

Stennett, Jaquet and Pence will begin their day by meeting with Blaine County Commissioner Angenie McCleary. McCleary is the county's representative for the South Central Health District, and said she plans on discussing legislation that would prohibit minors from using or purchasing electronic cigarettes.

McCleary said adolescents have been purchasing the electronic cigarettes at malls, which concerns the district because the cigarettes contain nicotine.

The legislators will follow that by meeting with the city of Hailey representatives Councilwoman Carol Brown and City Administrator Heather Dawson, and officials with the Blaine County School District.

Stennett, Jaquet and Pence will receive an update on the Friedman Memorial Airport process from Airport Authority Chair Tom Bowman, airport Manager Rick Baird and members of the Fly Sun Valley Alliance at 11 a.m.

"A lot of it will be driven by questions they have," McCleary said. "It will be more of an opportunity to make sure they are in the loop."

That afternoon will bring meetings with Ketchum City Administrator Gary Marks, Tricia Swartling of the Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse, and Linda Thorson of the Blaine County Housing Authority.

Meetings are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 3:30 p.m. All are open to the public.

Katherine Wutz:

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