February 20, 2019

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February 8, 2019


February 8, 2019

“Tempers fray in Idaho House in battle over redistricting”

  • Excerpt: There are days when the Idaho Legislature resembles a much-higher-stakes three-ring circus, and Friday was one of them, as a bitter dispute over a GOP attempt to engineer a Republican majority on Idaho’s bipartisan Redistricting Commission led to a walkout, a breakdown in procedures on the House floor and fraying tempers all around.

February 5, 2019

“Bill introduced to relax mandatory minimums for drugs”

  • Excerpt: A bill to relax mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking was introduced into the Idaho Legislature on Tuesday. The House Judiciary committee voted unanimously to introduce the bill, which is being sponsored by Reps. Bryan Zollinger, R-Idaho Falls, and Ilana Rubel, D-Boise. It would leave the current sentencing guidelines in place but strike the word “mandatory,” letting judges impose shorter sentences if they feel following the guidelines would result in an injustice or isn’t necessary for public safety.

February 1, 2019

“Bill introduced to keep HOAs from banning rooftop solar panels”

  • Excerpt: An Idaho House committee agreed Thursday that homeowners’ property rights would be better protected if homeowners associations couldn’t ban rooftop solar panels. The House Business Committee voted unanimously to introduce a bill proposed by Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, clearing the way for a full hearing on the measure. It would protect a homeowner’s right to install solar panels and prohibit installation restrictions, unless the installation would violate building code or safety requirements.

January 22, 2019

“Youth Hearing Aid Coverage Re-Visited In Legislature”

  • About: Private insurance does not cover the costs for most hearing aids for youths. Efforts to change that are afoot in the state legislature. Idaho Matters follows up with the representative spearheading the initiative and the mother of three children who require hearing aids. Ilana and parent Gretchen Fors discuss mandating insurance coverage for youth hearing aids.

January 22, 2019

“Idaho must reform its draconian drug sentencing minimums” – OpEd by Ilana Rubel and Bryan Zollinger

  • Excerpt: The bill for Idaho’s failure to seriously address our prison problem is about to come due, and it’s a big one: $500 million. That’s the cost of a proposed state prison expansion. What’s worse is that Idaho will have to issue bonds for the project, which means we’re on the hook for principal and interest.The causes of Idaho’s prison problem are well beyond the scope of this column. However, one of the big factors is the failed war on drugs. Our prisons are bloated with nonviolent drug offenders caught up in mandatory minimum sentences, which have proved to be costly, ineffective and a danger to our communities.

January 17, 2019

“Insurers now required to cover hearing aid costs for Idaho children”

  • Excerpt: A rule change passed by the Idaho Legislature on Thursday means that 1,000 Idaho families who have deaf or hard of hearing children, will soon no longer need to pay for hearing aids out of pocket. “Often this deafness is congenital, so it’ll hit a family hard,” House Assistant Minority Leader Ilana Rubel said. “They might have two or three or more kids who are deaf or hard of hearing, and so then not only do they have to come up with $5,000 a pair, they might have to come up with $15,000 to get pairs for all of their kids and that’s just more than families can handle.” 

More News

February 7, 2018: “Medicaid Dental Bill Moves Ahead In Idaho Legislature”

February 6, 2018: “Rubel keeping busy at state Legislature”

February 2, 2018: “KBOI Minority Friday Interview with Rep. Ilana Rubel” (YouTube)

January 18, 2018: “Legislation seeks to help fund hearing aids for children”

December 26, 2017: “Hindsight Tells Us Mandatory Minimum Sentences Don’t Work”

December 17, 2017: “Idaho businesses want 2016 noncompete law repealed”

September 17, 2017: “How a ‘co-op’ education could propel Idaho kids toward prosperity”

September 11, 2017: “Idaho’s noncompete law is bad news”

March 27, 2017: “Civil asset forfeiture reform wins unanimous approval in House”

March 22, 2017: “Inside Politics: On climate change we need leaders, not ostriches”

March 15, 2017: “No Public Hearing on Climate Change? State Rep. Has One Anyway”

March 15, 2017: “Big crowd turns out for informational hearing on climate change”

February 10, 2017: “Do not be conned by the ‘Con-Con’ method of amending our Constitution”

January 27, 2016: “Focus needed on women, families in Idaho”

March 5, 2015: “House backs measure to keep states from requiring GMO labeling”

March 2015: Rep. Ilana Rubel debates HJM4 (YouTube – 3 minutes)

January 28, 2015: “AG’s Opinion Re: Add The Words”

January 2015: Rep. Ilana Rubel testifies for “Add The Words” campaign (YouTube – 22 minutes)

March 2014: Rep. Ilana Rubel debates against “Guns On Campus” bill (YouTube – 13 minutes)

March 2014: Rep. Ilana Rubel leads opposition against “Ag Gag” bill (YouTube – 9 minutes)

March 2014: Rep. Ilana Rubel opposes bill to fund wolf killing (YouTube – 4 minutes)

February 26, 2014: Boise Weekly -article noting Rep. Ilana Rubel’s opposition to the “Ag Gag” bill

February 26, 2014: Idaho Statesman – Rep. Ilana Rubel’s opposition to the “Ag Gag” bill

February 21, 2014: The Wildlife News – article regarding “Wolf Control Board”

February 17, 2014: Spokesman Review – article regarding “Wolf Control Board”

January 22, 2014: Boise Weekly – profile on Rep. Ilana Rubel

January 16, 2014: Idaho Education News – profile on Rep. Ilana Rubel

January 8, 2014: Idaho Statesman – article regarding the appointment of Rep. Ilana Rubel