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T.F. Chamber Members Updated On Legislative Session

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) The legislative session is underway and many of us are trying to stay informed on today's issues.
On Friday morning, the Twin Falls Chamber Public Policy Committee looked to do the same as they spoke to local legislators.

The 2013 legislative session began last week and so far, discussions and reviewing rules have dominated lawmakers agendas.

Sen. Lee Heider, a Republican lawmaker from District 24 says, "we haven't met on the floor, we haven't made any decisions, there hasn't been a single bill approved yet, but we're doing a lot of work. I hope you understand where we're coming from."

Kyle Tarbet, Marketing Coordinator for Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce adds, "they always have this period where they have to go through the rules, but our legislators have done a really good job of keeping us informed on the upcoming issues."

The venue allowed for chamber members to speak to legislators directly through a conference call.

"Is there any discussion on accepting the federal extension on medicaid benefits for Idaho citizens?"

Heider replies, "there has not been a discussion up here yet about medicaid expansion. The governor if you remember, said in his address that it would be put off until 2014 so we may not hear anything about medicaid expansion this year."

On another note, confusion and uncertainty surround the Personal Property Tax.

Tarbet says, "there's just been a lot of discussion on these issues and not a clear consensus on how to move forward."

Bob Naerebout, Idaho Dairymen's Association says, "you can't look and say anything about Personal Property Tax unless you see the final package being proposed because everybody in boise is looking at how do you replace , not how do you eliminate it, how you replace it."

Legislators say it will be another week or two before they dive into the core of the legislation.

The Twin Falls Chamber Public Policy committee meets weekly Friday mornings at seven. All members are invited to attend the meetings held at the chamber office.


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