Boise teen gets legislative lesson: 'No more cute and tenacious'

March 13, 2014 

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House Speaker Scott Bedke meets Les Bois Junior High School student Ilah Hickman, 13, at the Capitol on Wednesday. Ilah was there to meet and lobby House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertcher. She has been working for four years to have the Idaho giant salamander adopted as the official state amphibian, and she wants Loertcher to bring it up for a hearing. Ilah said Bedke told her: "No more cute and tenacious. That has gotten you this far. Now you have to work (the State Affairs) committee like the rest of us. You don't like your mom telling you what to do, and the committee members don't like me telling them what to do either." Ilah said she plans on lobbying State Affairs committee members, including Loertcher, on Thursday.

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House Speaker Scott Bedke met Les Bois Junior High School student Ilah Hickman, 13, at the Capitol on Wednesday. Ilah was there to meet and lobby House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertcher. She has been working for three years to have the Idaho giant salamander adopted as the official state amphibian, and she wants Loertcher to bring it up for a hearing.

Ilah said Bedke told her: "No more cute and tenacious. That has gotten you this far. Now you have to work (the State Affairs) committee like the rest of us. You don't like your mom telling you what to do, and the committee members don't like me telling them what to do either."

Ilah said she plans to lobby State Affairs committee members, including Loertcher, on Thursday.

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