Friday, April 20, 2012

Town hall meetings to end legislative year

Lawmakers will visit Ketchum, Bellevue


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

The 2012 legislative session ended late last month, but local lawmakers are keeping the session going informally for residents who are hoping to understand more about what happened.

Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, and Reps. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, and Donna Pence, D-Gooding, will hold two legislative wrap-up town hall meetings this week and into the weekend.

The meetings allow constituents to ask questions and give comments on the past legislative session. They are open to all members of the public.

The first meeting will be held today, April 20, at 5 p.m. at the Ski and Heritage Museum at Forest Service Park in Ketchum, on the corner of First Street and Washington Avenue.

The lawmakers will rise early on Saturday morning to hold a south-valley meeting at 8 a.m. at Oak Street Foods, at the corner of Oak and Main streets in Bellevue.

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Refreshments will be served at both events, but attendees are asked to bring their questions. These meetings will be Jaquet's last in District 26, as she will not be running for re-election in 2012.

Previous discussion topics for these meetings have included highway speed limits, megaload restrictions, public school funding and term lengths for Bellevue City Council members.

Some of the contentious issues of this year's legislative session have included a ban on texting while driving, a bill that would have required women seeking abortions to undergo ultrasounds and a bill that would have eliminated daylight saving time, thereby putting all of Idaho in the same time zone.

The latter two bills were defeated this year, but are expected to be resurrected next session—which takes place in a non-election year.

For more information, call Blaine County Democrats Chair Gini Ballou at 720-4347.

Katherine Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com




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