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Sen. Zito (R-Hammett): The Good, Bad, & Ugly of the 2021 Legislative Session

By • May 24, 2021

State Senator Christy Zito (R-Hammett) has responded to the Idaho Dispatch’s “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” survey.

The survey is a simple way for legislators to let their constituents and Idahoans, in general, know what they felt were some of the highlights and lows of the 2021 legislative session. All legislators from both political parties were sent the same survey.

Here are Zito’s responses in full:

The Good:  H220 will prevent state tax dollars from going to abortion providers and their affiliates.  The passage of H220 was brave.  Abortion is murder. If we do not protect and value the smallest human, we are in trouble as a society.

The strengthening of our Second Amendment was a vital move to defend our citizens against this anti-gun regime that holds the executive office in this country.  We must declare our state sovereignty and protect our constitutional rights.

The EXCELLENT:  The people owned the day and did not give up until those who blocked H300 wrote and passed a SAPA expansion. There were over 20 Representatives, 2 Senators, and thousands of citizens, who sent emails, made phone calls and made personal visits to push and support H300, the original SAPA expansion bill.

The Bad:  There was some movement on tax savings for the citizens but we missed a huge opportunity for even better tax relief. The legislature has the power to set the formula for how tax rates are set and collected.  One glaring exception is the grocery tax.  Representative Ron Nate crafted an amendment for an income tax bill scheduled for a floor vote in the senate.  Senator Bayer sponsored the amendment with me. The bill was left in the amending order, costing the citizens important and asked for tax relief.

 The Ugly:  H300 was beautifully written and in the plain language of the people. The petty politics of personalities stood in the way of its passage.

Ugliest:  Five senators betrayed the people of the state, by not voting to override the governor’s veto on bills that would have restored some constitutional balance between the legislative and executive branches.


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