by Glenn Mosley
Idaho Public Radio
No matter what happens in the final days of the 2019 Idaho legislative session, the organization that got the Medicaid expansion initiative on the state ballot is promising to keep fighting and help to organize citizens.
“We built a massive engagement around the state in the last election cycle using Medicaid expansion,” Reclaim Idaho Executive Director Rebecca Schroeder told a Moscow gathering on March 30. “This is our opportunity to take that structure and grow even more. We’re going to build even more. We’re going to do even more communicating directly with people in those districts where we want to see some accountability.”
(Photo: Reclaim Idaho’s Rebecca Schroeder and Luke Mayville speak with voters in Moscow on March 30, 2019)
Reclaim Idaho’s ‘Veto Tour’ stopped in Moscow to urge local residents to reach out to Governor Brad Little and urge him to veto the bills passed by lawmakers this session that would toughen the requirements to get an initiative on the ballot.
“This not happening because we’re in a place of weakness. It’s because we have very much shown our power. You know, they’re saying this doesn’t have anything to do with Prop 2. Bull,” Schroeder said.
Reclaim Idaho said today it delivered a petition with more than 10,000 signatures to Idaho Governor Brad Little, urging him to veto SB 1159 and HB 296, the two initiatives bills.
Lawmakers have also worked on bills to add requirements to the new Medicaid expansion law.
“We can see the writing on the wall, and it is time for some accountability,” Schroeder said Saturday. “They have forced us into this position, where we are strong now, and we will become even stronger as the result of this assault on our rights and the contempt that they are showing for the voters.”
Schroeder says that as soon as this legislative session ends, they will be “rolling out our plans for the spring and summer and all the way up until the next election cycle.
“We are very much going to be building regional structures,” Schroeder said. “We’re going to continue to travel. We have big plans.”
“We have to go into communities and organize and see where the opportunities are,” Reclaim Idaho co-founder Luke Mayville said. “I’m not a believer in kind of just looking at numbers and determining what’s winnable and what’s not. It means everything in the world who’s willing to run.”
Posted April 1, 2019.