Legislation / How Ilana is helping District 18


Enacted laws I have authored and/or co-sponsored:
  • HB1, combining $410 million in ongoing support for Idaho education with a $500 million income tax rebate
  • Improved healthcare coverage for educators
  • Funding for full-day optional kindergarten
  • Career ladder legislation providing teacher raises
  • Anti-bullying law
  • Civics education requirement
  • Funding for trauma training and suicide prevention for parents & school personnel
Other work in education:
  • Served on Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education, where I successfully advocated for increased scholarship funding for low-income students
  • Volunteer teacher of classes on the Constitution and Bill of Rights in Boise schools since 2008
  • Founding member of Boise State University Honors College’s Advisory Board
Recognition for my work in this area:
  • Idaho Children are Primary’s “Primary Legislator” Award for support of children and families
  • Rated 100% for support of education by Idaho Business for Education
  • Idaho Federation of Families’ Outstanding Advocacy Award for Children’s Mental Health
  • Endorsed by Idaho Education Association
  • Idaho Women Lawyers’ Public Service Award

Healthcare and Community Safety

Enacted laws I have authored and/or co-sponsored:
  • Coverage of PTSD treatment for first responders
  • Coverage of hearing aids for children who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Restoration of dental care to Medicaid
  • Improved funding for emergency medical services
  • Regulation to prevent vape sales to minors
  • Reform of Idaho’s civil asset forfeiture law to better protect civil liberties
  • Medicaid expansion
  • Felony penalty for animal torture
Recognition for my work in this area:
  • Child Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatricians
  • Outstanding Service Award from the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Legislator of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers
  • Named a Health Care Champion by Close the Gap Idaho
  • Smile of Excellence Award from International College of Dentistry
  • Idaho Women Lawyers’ Public Service Award

Environment and Quality of Life

Enacted laws I have authored and/or co-sponsored:
  • Sponsored and passed the “Fair Warning Act” protecting tenants from surprise rent spikes
  • Authored and passed the homeowner solar rights law
  • Founded Idaho Business for the Outdoors, a nonpartisan business coalition advocating for Idaho’s outdoors
  • Provided the tie-breaking vote for Affordable Housing funding
  • Hosted two hearings on climate change at the Idaho Capitol
  • Reformed Idaho’s draconian law on noncompete agreements
  • Co-sponsored legislation to restore the indexed homeowner’s exemption to lower property taxes
  • Co-sponsored numerous bills to lower property taxes, including impact fees on new development for school construction and caps on annual assessment increases
Recognition for my work in this area:
  • Cecil D. Andrus Award for Conservation in Public Service from Idaho Conservation League
  • Conservation Voters of Idaho’s Environmental Champion Award
  • Idaho Women Lawyers’ Public Service Award
  • Named one of Idaho Business Review’s “Women of the Year”