Sunshine, Lincoln Day and Random Photos

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Up in the Lt. Gov’s chair, I was in charge of the Senate Lincoln Day program yesterday!

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Presiding over Lincoln Day while new Sen. Lee gives her remarks. The freshmen are given these extra duties.

My busy week has included introducing my first Routing Slip, called an “RS” for short.  It’s the draft of a bill that I took to the Chairman of the Senate Ed Committee to ask if he would put it on the agenda so I could present it to the committee to ask for it to be printed.  He agreed.  So, on Wednesday I presented the RS to the committee and they unanimously voted to send it to print.  Now it will be an actual  bill and will start through the process I told you about in the Journal a few days ago.

My bill is a “sunshine” bill, in that it requires School Board candidates to file their campaign finance info, just like other candidates in elections.  It lets the light, or sunshine, of public information shine on the campaign process, that’s good for us all!

Then yesterday, Thursday, I was in charge of running the Senate’s Lincoln Day program. The freshman Senators are assigned these extra duties, by tradition, so this was my turn.  I had to–I mean I got to–stand up at the Lt. Gov’s big chair at the top of the Senate and pound the gavel to open the program we planned.  I gave my remarks about Lincoln’s legacy and introduced each part of the short event.  It was a good experience!  Here are some photos of the program and a few other random photos from the week’s many activities.

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Meeting one of horse racing’s greatest jockeys, Gary Stevens. He was honored by a Senate Resolution because of his outstanding career. He even played the jockey in the popular movie, “Seabiscuit”. Nice guy! He was in the gallery above the Senate when I was “hazed” during by first bill, and he was joking about it with me later.

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We toured the Idaho State Police facilities out in Meridian. They were very nice and even fed us a great dinner!

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Testing out one of the training jail cell with my fellow freshman Senator, Lori Den Hartog.

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