Idaho’s Behavioral Health Council


A year ago this month, my best friend, Jessica, experienced a harrowing mental health crisis that – despite the efforts of her closest friends and family to navigate a deeply broken system – culminated in her taking her own life. The incredibly challenging system in Idaho does not make essential mental health resources easily accessible … Continue reading Idaho’s Behavioral Health Council

“An Extraordinarily Unproductive Session” – by Rep. Green and Rep. Necochea


As we face a global pandemic and the resulting economic fallout, Idahoans may have been hopeful about the legislature’s recent special session. Since the pandemonium at the Statehouse dominated the news, Idahoans may still be wondering what was actually accomplished. The answer, unfortunately, is not much. Republican legislators spent most of the time pandering to … Continue reading “An Extraordinarily Unproductive Session” – by Rep. Green and Rep. Necochea

Reproductive Health Funding Restrictions Bill Heads to House Floor


Idaho State Capitol – On Friday, House State Affairs voted to send HB 525 to the House floor. The legislation would ban any public money from going to Idaho organizations that provide abortions. Under current law, organizations that perform abortions can receive federal funding to provide other health care services. Democrats on the committee voted … Continue reading Reproductive Health Funding Restrictions Bill Heads to House Floor

Paid Sick Leave Legislation Sent to House Floor


Idaho State Capitol – On Monday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Brooke Green/(D-Boise) was sent to the amending order by the House Business committee. This legislation would protect employees from being penalized for taking earned sick leave. Employers would be required to honor their sick-leave policies without retribution toward employees. “I have heard from several … Continue reading Paid Sick Leave Legislation Sent to House Floor

Paid Sick Leave Legislation Set to Have Full Hearing in Committee


Idaho State Capitol – On Friday, the House Business Committee printed Representative Brooke Green’s/(D-Boise) Honoring Paid Sick Leave legislation. The legislation requires employers who offer paid sick leave to their employees to honor their own policies. Rep. Green brought the legislation after hearing concerns from constituents about employees who are penalized for taking their earned … Continue reading Paid Sick Leave Legislation Set to Have Full Hearing in Committee

INTERVIEW: “Capitol Update – Medicaid Expansion Committee”


“This week’s Capitol Update is with Rep. Brooke Greene of Boise. She is a member of the Equitable Assessment of Costs of Medicaid Expansion Interim Committee. The committee met for the first time on Monday (6/17/2019). The goal of the committee is to explore ways to fund Medicaid Expansion going forward. Currently, the bulk of … Continue reading INTERVIEW: “Capitol Update – Medicaid Expansion Committee”

ARTICLE: “House debates HB 296, the hastily introduced ‘trailer’ bill on initiatives”


Idaho Press Tribune: House debates HB 296, the hastily introduced ‘trailer’ bill on initiatives Excerpt: Rep. Brooke Green, D-Boise, noted how quickly the bill was introduced yesterday, in a hastily called meeting, never announced on the floor of the House, without notice to the crowd waiting in the House gallery at the time to hear … Continue reading ARTICLE: “House debates HB 296, the hastily introduced ‘trailer’ bill on initiatives”

ARTICLE: “House OKs 2 bills that toughen Idaho initiative process”


Idaho Statesman: House OKs 2 bills that toughen Idaho initiative process Excerpt: “That is not democracy, that is not a republic,” said Democratic Rep. John Gannon. “This is tyranny when four legislative districts can prevent a vote.” Democratic Rep. Brooke Green noted that since 2013 only two initiatives have made it on the ballot, and … Continue reading ARTICLE: “House OKs 2 bills that toughen Idaho initiative process”

REP. GREEN: Medicaid Expansion Restriction Bill Hearing


Representative John Vander Woude introduced a bill on Monday that proposed establishing work requirements for Medicaid Expansion and creating null and void principles that are sensitive to any change in funding for the program. This bill would have made the program, that a majority of Idahoans support, susceptible to cancellation. Medicaid Expansion should not face … Continue reading REP. GREEN: Medicaid Expansion Restriction Bill Hearing

REP. GREEN: The Voter Revenge Act – An Attack On a Constitutional Right


Last week, Senators in the State Affairs Committee voted on Senate Bill 1159 that would make it nearly impossible for a voter initiative to get on the ballot. The legislation almost doubles the signatures required (from 6% to 10% of registered voters) and increases the number of districts from which signatures are needed (previous law … Continue reading REP. GREEN: The Voter Revenge Act – An Attack On a Constitutional Right