Updated: Feb 7
Doyle Beck, LD 32, contributor
I want to draw your attention to another bill in the Idaho Legislature. House Bill 71 would stop Idaho children from being subjected to surgeries and drugs to “change” a person’s gender. Read the bill, and then please consider adding your testimony to that of others when it comes up for debate in the House Judiciary and Rules Committee, possibly in the next several days.
If you’re not sure whether this is an area of concern, I’d encourage you to watch the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Capitol Clarity program, featuring Chloe Cole. Chloe is an 18-year-old woman who was encouraged to “become a boy” when she was 12. Now, She’s on a crusade to save other children from similar fates.
The Idaho Freedom Foundation has also reported that the state of Idaho has been quietly subsidizing pre-kindergarten programs over objections of the Legislature. Some of the organizations receiving the money have been involved in promoting wokeism.
There is another difference of opinion between the IFF and the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry on a bill moving through the Legislature. House Bill 46 would present urban renewal districts from reaping the benefits of a data center located within its borders. IACI opposes the bill because it would give less government incentive for data centers to locate in an urban renewal zone. The IFF supports the bill for that reason, and because it would potentially lower taxes for the overall property owners in a taxing district. The bill barely passed committee Thursday and is headed to the House floor.