|I rarely send a one-issue email, but this is perhaps the most destructive piece of legislation I've ever seen during my 38 years in Idaho.
CALL TO ACTION
Stop the “Public Be Damned” Act (SB1159), which will effectively prevent a citizen initiative (e.g. term limits, Medicaid Expansion, etc.) from ever appearing on the ballot again – thus nullifying a right you are guaranteed by the Idaho State Constitution. It is hard to characterize this bill as anything short of arrogance and retaliation by a Legislature controlled by people who think they always knows better than their constituents. To express your opposition to this bill, do all of the following today:
MAIL a postal letter to each of your legislators AND Governor Little (he can veto the bill). Use your own words. This takes more work, but your extra effort will carry more weight.
CALL each of your legislators and leave a voicemail message. Be calm, respectful, polite but firm when voicing your opinion.
EMAIL each of your legislators. It’s an additional way to be sure you are heard.
If you are within driving distance of the Capitol, TESTIFY or SHOW UP IN PERSON. To underscore the legislature's lack of respect for its constituents, the Senate hearing for this bill is scheduled to take place with almost no advance notice in the Capitol (room WW55) on Monday, March 11 at 8:00 am. If it passes in the Senate, you will be able to testify when it is heard by a House committee. You can also show up in the gallery when the bill is debated on the Senate and House floor.
In all communications, include your name and address so the legislator knows you are from their district. Include the names of each person in your household who share your concern.
Finally, if you are an independent voter or share the same political party preference or affiliation as your legislator, let them know it – and how their decision will impact your vote in 2020.
Find your legislators and their contact info here: https://legislature.idaho.gov/legislators/whosmylegislator/
Rep. Steve Berch
District 15, House Seat A