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How a Bill Becomes Law

Posted with permission from Health Freedom Idaho. Eagle, Idaho

You may have seen the School House Rock video, “I’m Just a Bill,” back in elementary school but here’s an overview you should find helpful as an adult trying to preserve parental rights and health freedom in Idaho.

STEP 1. Draft legislation called an “RS” (Routing slip) is introduced into the appropriate House Committee. The contents of the RS is a mystery until it’s presented in committee.

STEP 2. Committee members hear the RS and decide if it gets assigned a bill number to become a bill or not. The public gets to hear the contents and listen to the vote by committee (online or in-person). There is no public testimony at this stage.

STEP 3. Numbered bills assigned to the appropriate committee agenda by the committee chairman. Bills are put on the agenda. There is less than a 24 hours notice. Those agendas are posted publicly on the legislative website and can be amended throughout the day.

STEP 4.  BILL HEARING IN COMMITTEE  A hearing is held on the bill and committee members hear public testimony. This is where public input is important! Committee members vote on the bill and determine if it will die or get referred to the “Floor” for a vote by the entire body. If you are unable to attend, listen online and share your concerns with the legislators. It’s that easy.

STEP 5. Referred to the House/Senate Floor. At this point, there is no more public testimony. We can contact the legislators by phone call and/or email. Once a bill passes the House Floor it will be sent to the opposite chamber (Senate) and goes through a similar process of a committee vote then floor vote.

CALLS TO ACTION:

  • Visit Health Freedom Idaho website, and sign up today to receive their weekly updates and legislative action alerts. 
  • When you sign up, Health Freedom Idaho will email you a CALL TO ACTION to call and/or show up at the hearing, or to urge a legislator to vote for or against a bill.
  • The notification of the hearing is oftentimes provided at the last minute by the Committee Chairmen or changed mid-day to drop off the agenda.
  • If you are unable to attend, listen online and share your concerns with the legislators. It’s that easy.
  • Growing Freedom Idaho website lists of ALL the bills being evaluated and analyzed during each legislative session (not just freedom agenda bills). 
  • Remote Online Testimony Public testimony on proposed legislation can be done from your home online. This website has instructions for registering to give your testimony, and instructions.

We Will Not Be Silenced: Responding Courageously to Our Culture’s Assault on Christianity

Erwin W. Lutzer, David Cochran Heath, et al.

This book prepares you to live out your convictions against a growing tide of hostility. The authors offer practical ways to respond with truth, gentleness, and Christlike love, showing compassion and not compliance or conformity. You’ll gain a better understanding of nonbelievers’ legitimate hurts and concerns regarding issues like racism, sexism, and poverty—and identify the toxic responses secular culture disguises as solutions. In the process, you’ll see how you can show compassion and gentleness to those outside of the faith without affirming their beliefs.

“What’s behind the current ’unraveling of America? And how should we respond? In his magnificent book We Will Not Be Silenced, my friend Erwin Lutzer has the vital answers, exhorting us to boldly and courageously witness about our faith, come what may!”
—Eric Metaxas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther, host of the nationally syndicated Eric Metaxas Radio Show

“My dear friend Erwin Lutzer has given us an insightful framework in which to think through and approach the challenges we face during this moment in history. You will find We Will Not Be Silenced thought-provoking and helpful. At times you may even wrestle with a few of his insights and conclusions. That’s a good thing. Thank you, Erwin, for addressing these matters, including racism, Marxism, and capitalism against the backdrop of the cross and the transforming truth of the Word of God.”
—Dr. Crawford W. Loritts Jr., author, speaker, radio host, senior pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, Georgia

Sooner or later, we all have to take a stand. Erwin Lutzer says the time has come for Christians to stand up for the truth. With pastoral wisdom and deep insight, he exposes the lies that have brought Western culture to the brink of destruction. But he doesn’t stop there. This book shows how we can reclaim the church (which is the key to the culture) if we will once again speak God’s truth without fear or favor. I can only hope millions of believers will read this book and be moved to take action.”
—Dr. Ray Pritchard, president, Keep Believing Ministries

Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents

Rod Dreher

New York Times bestselling author of The Benedict Option, Rod Dreher amplifies the alarm sounded by the brave men and women who fought totalitarianism. He explains how the totalitarianism facing us today is based less on overt violence and more on psychological manipulation

He draws on the wisdom of Christian survivors of Soviet persecution to warn American Christians of approaching dangers. For years, émigrés from the former Soviet bloc have been telling Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of “soft” totalitarianism cropping up in America—something more Brave New World than Nineteen Eighty-Four. Identity politics are beginning to encroach on every aspect of life. Civil liberties are increasingly seen as a threat to “safety”. Progressives marginalize conservative, traditional Christians, and other dissenters. Technology and consumerism hasten the possibility of a corporate surveillance state. And the pandemic, having put millions out of work, leaves our country especially vulnerable to demagogic manipulation.

He explains how the totalitarianism facing us today is based less on overt violence and more on psychological manipulation. He tells the stories of modern-day dissidents—clergy, laity, martyrs, and confessors from the Soviet Union and the captive nations of Europe—who offer practical advice for how to identify and resist totalitarianism in our time. Following the model offered by a prophetic World War II-era pastor who prepared believers in his Eastern European to endure the coming of communism, Live Not By Lies teaches American Christians a method for resistance:
    SEE: Acknowledge the reality of the situation.
    JUDGE: Assess reality in the light of what we as Christians know to be true.
    ACT: Take action to protect truth.

The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates: A Proper Resistance to Tyranny and a Repudiation of Unlimited Obedience to Civil Government

Matthew Trewhella

The doctrine of the lesser magistrates declares that when the superior or higher civil authority makes an unjust/immoral law or decree, the lesser or lower ranking civil authority has both the right and duty to refuse obedience to that superior authority.

This timely book places in your hands a hopeful blueprint for freedom. Appealing to history and the Word of God, Pastor Matthew Trewhella answers these questions and shows how Americans can successfully resist the Federal government’s attempts to trample our Constitution, assault our liberty, and impugn the law of God.

Historically, this doctrine was practiced before the time of Christ and Christianity. It was Christian men, however, who formalized and embedded it into their political institutions throughout Western Civilization.

The doctrine of the lesser magistrates is a historic tool that provides proven guidelines for proper and legitimate resistance to tyranny, often without causing any major upheaval in society. The doctrine teaches us how to rein in lawless acts by government and restore justice in our nation.

“Use this sword against my enemies, if I give righteous commands; but if I give unrighteous commands, use it against me.” — Roman Emperor Trajan, speaking to one of his subordinates

This is the first book in print addressing the doctrine of the lesser magistrates in over 400 years.

American Marxism

Mark Levin

The seven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and radio host Mark R. Levin explains how the core elements of Marxist ideology are now pervasive in American society and culture—from our schools, the press, and corporations, to Hollywood, the Democratic Party, and the Biden presidency—and how it is often cloaked in deceptive labels like “progressivism,” “democratic socialism,” “social activism,” and more.

With his characteristic trenchant analysis, Levin digs into the psychology and tactics of these movements, the widespread brainwashing of students, the anti-American purposes of Critical Race Theory and the Green New Deal, and the escalation of repression and censorship to silence opposing voices and enforce conformity. Levin exposes many of the institutions, intellectuals, scholars, and activists who are leading this revolution, and provides us with some answers and ideas on how to confront them.