Unless something goes horribly wrong, the Idaho Legislature is halfway through its legislative session. That means it’s time to award the politicians who have shown distinction among their peers.
Oops. Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll and the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Fred Birnbaum earned this award when they introduced a bill written by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) with a flaw they didn’t notice, which forced them to pull the bill. At least they didn’t dis Miss Columbia.
Rep. Mike Moyle likes cutting taxes for the wealthy more than Beyonce likes going to Red Lobster. Yet in a year when the adults in the room prioritized education, his latest proposal went over as well as a Jeb! stump speech.
Rep. Heather Scott introduced three bills that would have made it legal for poachers to bypass game check stations. Because liberty and freedom. The bills are all dead in the house.
Reps. Vito Barbieri and Kathleen Sims win this for their attempt to use an obscure parliamentary procedure to kill a bill that bans powdered alcohol. It failed, as did a proposal to officially name the hour of 4 p.m. as mai-tai-thirty.
Thrice in three years, Rep. Paul Shepherd has tried to pass a bill that removes regulations on dredge miners. This year’s attempt crashed and burned in committee. Lawmakers said they’d prefer to to see their fathers’ search history than vote for it.
Rep. Pete Nielsen wins his own award for this comment on a bill promoting gender neutral language in Idaho laws — “To me, if we go too far this way, we’re lowering the status of a girl, a woman, a lady, all those things, and I don’t want to see that happen.” We have no idea what this means, but it’s very, very Pete Nielsenish.
Rep. Luke Malek wins this prestigious award after he spent all last year denying that he was working on a bill that prohibits local entities from raising the minimum wage only to become the bill’s floor sponsor.
The ultimate Facepalm Award goes to the Idaho Legislature for providing less than one hour of testimony for Medicaid expansion, which is a matter of life and death for 78,000 people while setting aside two hours for a bill about dredge mining.