Hey, Remember Me? Let’s Talk, Senator Souza.

I am writing about an important issue that came up during the last legislative session in 2019, and is anticipated to surface again.

Shawn Keenan
Jun 19 · 5 min read
Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee

Dear Senator Souza,

I am writing about an important issue that came up during the last legislative session in 2019, and is anticipated to surface again. It was so consequential, in fact, that I took the day off of work to fly down from District 4 and testify in front of you at the Capitol. As one of your constituents, I hope that experience stands out to you as much as it does for me.

1) Timing of the Bills

In your op-ed, you wrote, “There is also a rumor that this voter initiative bill is to ‘get back’ at people working on the Medicaid expansion initiative. This is also totally untrue.”

2) Special Interest involvement

You immediately came to the defense of S1159 bill sponsor, Senator C. Scott Grow with the assertion that, “The claim that the payday loan industry wrote the bill is totally false and out of line.”

3) Technology and Big Money

In your comments, you repeatedly pointed to “technology” and “big money” as reasons to restrict the initiative process.

4) Fiscal Transparency

In your op-ed, you cited concern for the unknown financial impact of ballot initiatives and wrote, “So, having correct fiscal impact information on both the signature sheets and voting ballot is essential.”

5) Idaho Voices

The restrictions to our initiative process were proposed by Senator Grow with the noble goal of “amplifying the voice of rural voters.”

Senator Mary Souza, Idaho District 4

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Reclaim Idaho is a grassroots organization with over 2,000 volunteers in over 25 Idaho counties. We believe in the power of Idahoans, coming together, to tackle tough problems facing the state.