Rep. Brooke Green - Idaho District 18
Rep Brooke Green
Weekly Newsletter
February 24-28, 2019
A quick message from Rep. Brooke Green:

I'd like to start off my weekly newsletter by saying thank you for electing me to represent District 18 for a second year. 

Please reach out if you have any questions or would like to discuss an issue that is important to you:

Phone: 208-332-1080

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Updates from the Legislature

Property Taxes!

H409 would freeze the property tax portion of a taxing district’s budget for one year with the exception of school taxing districts. Democrats on the committee voted against the motion to send the legislation to the House floor with a do pass recommendation. “HB409 will not solve Idaho’s property tax problem. In fact, your property taxes will continue to increase because property tax assessments will continue to increase.” Representative Lauren Necochea (D-Boise) explained. Serious conversations about property tax reform need to include updating the homeowner’s exemption, expanding our property tax assistance program (known as the circuit-breaker), and impact fees that will allow growth to pay for growth.

Attack on Idaho's LGBTQ Community 

Right now, the House is working on multiple pieces of legislation that would harm Idaho’s LGBTQ community.

The first piece, House Bill 500, also known as the Fairness in Woman’s Spots Act, would prohibit transgender girls from participating on girl sport teams in Idaho schools. If a student attempts to be on their schools sports team and is accused of being transgender, this legislation would require the student to provide documentation from their physician determining their biological sex. The medical assessment would be based on the student's internal and external reproductive anatomy, the student's normal endogenously produced levels of testosterone, and an analysis of the student's genetic makeup. This bill is not necessary, as the Idaho Athletic Association already has a rule in place that has specific stipulations in place to allow for Transgender youth to participate in Idaho athletics.

House Bill 465 would alter Idaho’s current law to prohibit physicians from providing gender affirming healthcare to minors. Doctors would be charged with a felony and face a possibility of life in prison if caught breaking this law. I believe this private matter should be left to the child, the parents, and the doctor. The government should not be intervening on personal decisions that a family chooses to make. 

House Bill 509 would restrict Idaho citizens from changing information on their birth certificates. Tennessee and Ohio are the only other states which prohibit citizens from changing their birth certificates to reflect their gender identity. This proposal is inconsistent with the Federal Court ruling in F.V. v Barron. The Court held that restricting citizens from changing their birth certificates is unconstitutional because it deprives them of “privacy, liberty, and freedom.” I find it wasteful to try and pass a bill on a subject that has already been deemed unconstitutional by the Federal Court and will place Idaho officials in direct contempt of court. 

Democrats Work For Tax Relief

On Wednesday, Democrats presented multiple pieces of property tax legislation during a press conference. The legislation, highlighted below, provides several options for this legislature to tackle the property tax burden. Unfortunately, these bills have not been introduced and are being held in committee Chairmen drawers. Property owners are justifiably outraged over our continued unwillingness to seek reasonable solutions to this mounting issue. As our session wraps up, I am committed to exploring legislation with my colleagues on both sides. No one is exempt from this rising property tax burden, and I hope you'll join me in continuing to put pressure on our Chairmen to consider reasonable legislation that will lessen this burden on all of us.  

Some solutions suggested include:
  • Allow Indexed Homeowner Exemption
  • Increase Circuit Breaker 
  • End Blockade on Internet Sales Tax 
  • Cap Assessment Increases  
  • Criminal Justice Reform 
  • Re-evaluate Sales Tax Exemptions
  • Adequately Fund Education at State Level

In Case You Missed It

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JFAC convenes to set budgets, Senate in at 9:30, House at 10...
Please learn more about your District 18 legislators by visiting their websites:

- Senator Janie Ward-Engelking (D)
- Representative Ilana Rubel (D) - House Seat A
- Representative Brooke Green (D) - House Seat B
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Representative Brooke Green
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Boise, ID 83720-0038

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