Sen. Nuxoll on legislative wrap-up
District 7 in Boise:
Thank you for communicating your thoughts, concerns, and
opinions on various legislative issues which were presented before the State
Senate. Your efforts to communicate your
opinions and votes are truly appreciated as it helped me determine what is best
for our district prior to voting. I appreciate especially your actions in
response to issues about which I contacted you.
This year I had the privilege to serve on the Joint
Finance Appropriations Committee, Judiciary and Rules Committee, and as
vice-chair of Health and Welfare Committee.
Despite the difficult work load of these committees, it was an
opportunity to work on important legislation.
The biggest battle this year was the State Health Insurance
the State Healthcare Exchange Bill- This bill establishes a
state based Health Insurance Exchange as prescribed by the Affordable Care Act
the State Exchange implements Obamacare, which
requires us to pay for insurance, that includes abortion inducing-drugs,
sterilization, and contraception, it denies our right to life, religion, and
property. Twice, twelve senators
(including myself) heroically debated against the exchange. Additionally, the State Exchange bill itself
has many flaws to it that leaches control from Idaho’s sovereignty. A sad
moment in Idaho’s history for freedom, the bill passed into law, despite the
fact that we have private enterprise options. The fight is still on. I
encourage you to fight back. It is possible to boycott the Exchange, continue
with free market solutions, or join health care sharing ministries. We
did not win the biggest battle this year, but we have not lost the war. This is the link to my second debate against the
Other bills and issues I worked on this year were:
Health Care Sharing Ministries Bill- This bill defines Health
Care Sharing Ministries as charitable organizations that cater to people of
similar faith who voluntarily choose to
help each other pay their medical bills. They limit their
participants to those of similar faith.
The organization is just a facilitator
of the contributions among the participants who have financial or medical
needs. This bill, which passed into law, defined the ministry and exempted them
from the definition of an insurance company.
The ministry is also exempted
from Obamacare, removing penalties for not buying insurance.
Enhanced Conceal Carry License- The
Enhanced Concealed Carry License bill creates a new class of conceal carry permits in Idaho in addition to the
conceal carry license we already have in the state. This new class will require
more training and minimum standards, but will allow those who bear the license
to carry concealed in more situations as a necessary step to further advance
our 2nd Amendment rights. This bill was passed into law.
Federal Firearm Enforcement Act- which prohibits state officials and state law enforcement
from enforcing federal gun bans, was stopped in the Senate State Affairs
Committee. I co-sponsored and support
H219, which protects our 2nd Amendment rights. The right to bear arms is critical to our
1184, The National Defense Authorization Act- which would not
allow the federal government to detain any citizen without due process of
trial, was also refused a hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee. I
co-sponsored this important bill and had hoped for a vote on this bill. It
would counteract the National Defense
Authorization Act, which was passed by Congress, that
strips citizens of their right to trial by jury and protects us from being
found guilty without proof.
HCR 022, Transfer of Title of Federal Lands
Resolution- This bill calls on the Federal Government to cede title of the federally controlled
public lands, such as National Forests, back to the control of the state.
Time and time again the federal government has failed to maintain lands in
Idaho. The transfer of lands back to
Idaho would allow a stable income for our schools and protect our recreational
315, Personal Property Tax Bill- passed, which
allows for a $100,000 exemption on business personal property, and a $3000
exemption on a small item of tangible personal property.
Challenge Program- We are very excited that the Youth Challenge
Program, run by the National Guard, received its funding authority for Idaho dropouts at Pierce.
Committee’s Medicaid and Education Budget- The largest budgets
in the state are the Education and Medicaid budgets. The Education
budget of $1.6 billion was approved.
This includes federal funding of $215 million. The Medicaid
budget of $2.02 billion passed. The Medicaid budget includes $1.34 billion
in federal funds. The Division of Welfare budget of $143
million was approved also. Federal funding in that budget is $100
million. It is worthy to note that
with federal moneys, the Medicaid budget
is more than the Education budget.
The Medicaid budget comprises 80
percent of the Health and Welfare budget.
Bills that have passed were a result of input from the IEA,
School Boards Association, and the public.
However, the new education bills did not change tenure or scope of
Again, it is very important for you to call, e-mail, or testify. Testimony
by citizens is extremely powerful.
7 Senator Sheryl Nuxoll (R), Cottonwood