[Vision2020] This should remove any doubt as to who is in charge . . .

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Wed Jan 21 09:00:40 PST 2015

I wonder what the families of David Trail, Belinda Niebuhr, and Terri Grzebielski have to say.

Courtesy of today's (January 21, 2915) Spokesman-Review.

Freshman legislator Dixon guides NRA license plate through process
BOISE – New North Idaho Rep. Sage Dixon introduced his first bill in the Legislature on Tuesday – to create a new specialty license plate to benefit the Friends of the NRA.

Dixon, who let his NRA membership lapse about three years ago and isn’t a member of the friends group, said House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer steered the group to him to let the freshman lawmaker carry the measure, which won unanimous support for introduction from the panel Tuesday.

know there are a lot of people that are tired of new license plates coming out, but it seems something that was easy enough, to get my feet wet,” Dixon, R-Ponderay, said after the vote. “The NRA did support me during the general election, so I thought it was a good start.”

The National Rifle Association already was the beneficiary of an Idaho specialty license plate, which state lawmakers approved in 2006 and which became available in September 2007. But specialty license plates must sell at least 1,000 plates a year after their third year to continue being offered. Only 334 Idahoans bought the NRA plates in 2011, and just 219 in 2012, so it was discontinued.

“This one will hopefully get more interest from the folks involved,” Dixon said.

The Friends of the NRA is a non-profit arm of the gun-rights group, which raises money for causes including gun safety training and shooting range improvements. Dixon said he’s attended a couple of the group’s fundraising banquets in North Idaho, where guns were raffled as fundraisers.

Idaho has 38 specialty license plates, benefiting everything from 4-H to the Idaho Forest Products Commission. Twelve specialty plates have been cut for lack of sales. The first ones eliminated were a Boy Scouts of America plate and a motorcycle skills plate, both cut in 2009.

Dixon, who ran as a tea party candidate and defeated longtime Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, in the primary, said he didn’t expect to be pushing a license plate bill. But, he said, “It is a nice way to understand the process a little better.”

Just more than a week into his first legislative session, he’s finding it “overwhelming,” he said. 

“It’s been hard to get up to speed, especially on the education rules, because they are pretty complex.”

Though he home-schooled all of his six children, he requested to be on the House Education Committee, turning down an assignment to the Revenue and Taxation Committee. 

“I would like the public system to improve,” said Dixon, who also is serving on the House Transportation and Business committees. “I am a home-schooling father, so I bring a different perspective.”


New Idaho Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay, with a mockup of his proposed new specialty license plate to benefit the Friends of the NRA.



Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares"
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

"There's room at the top they are telling you still.
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill."

- John Lennon
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