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My Executive Order

On May 27th, I was serving as the acting Governor of Idaho, and in that position, I signed an Executive Order to protect the rights and liberties of individuals and businesses by prohibiting the state and its political subdivisions — including public schools — from imposing mask mandates in our state.

The following day, Gov. Little chose to revoke your personal freedom by rescinding my order and imposing mask mandates on thousands of Idaho children, rejecting the conservative solutions embraced by leaders like Gov. Abbott in Texas and Gov. DeSantis in Florida.

I understand that protecting individual liberty means fighting against tyranny at ALL levels of government — federal, state, and local. It is your God-given right to make your own health decisions, and no state, city, or school district ever has the authority to violate your unalienable rights.

As your Lt. Governor, I remain undeterred and unwavering in my commitment to defend your rights and freedoms against all who would violate them. Now, more than ever, we must stand together against those who prioritize their own power above individual liberty.

Education Task Force

Our first Education Task Force meeting took place at the end of May, and we heard some thought-provoking presentations including those from Dr. Scott Yenor and Dr. James Lindsay. We discussed the dangers of social justice ideology and the scope of critical race theory.

On June 14, I announced the appointment of Pete Coulson to fill a recent vacancy on the task force.

Pete's experience and wisdom will be a welcome addition to our task force. I look forward to working with him and hearing his input on these critically important matters.

Pete Coulson has worked in school administration, social work, and numerous activities involving young people. His experience has given him valuable insight and the ability to connect with and inspire children and adults from various backgrounds and cultures.

"I am honored to be part of the Education Task Force, it is my hope to provide a perspective from my life experience to impact our students to develop critical thinking as they learn to think for themselves and build healthy relationships," said Pete Coulson.

The second meeting of the task force will take place in the Idaho State Capitol building's Lincoln Auditorium on June 24 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The meeting will be open to the public and will be available as a livestream as well.

The Media and Your Personal Data

Several weeks ago, a reporter with a new liberal media outlet calling itself the Capital Sun asked us to give them the unredacted list of feedback provided to me relating to education in Idaho. Not only are they requesting the comments, but they are also demanding the names and email addresses of those who made the comments.

We have been making an effort to comply with their requests in a manner that is respectful of Idahoans and their personal information, but they are insistent that we give them YOUR personal information. I believe this would violate your rights and I am doing everything I can to protect your information.

Why does the media want YOUR personal information? What do they intend to do with it?

I believe that releasing this information would have a chilling effect on YOUR right to communicate your concerns to elected officials in Idaho. I remain committed to taking whatever legal actions are necessary to protect your personal information from being exposed by the media.

Idaho Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Dedication

On May 28th, I was honored to attend the Idaho Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Dedication. Rebecca Webb is the Chair of the Idaho Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Committee and the mother of one of our fallen heroes, Master Sgt. Christopher V. Webb. She has been working for several years to see this project completed. Thanks to her commitment, approximately $250,000 was raised to fund the monument and plaza.

The guest of honor at the Dedication was Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4 Hershel "Woody" Williams, the lone surviving recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor following World War II.

I offer my utmost appreciation to every member of our military who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom, our families, and our values. We remember your valor and we honor your unmatched dedication to our country.

Northwest Liberty Symposium

This last weekend, I spoke at the Northwest Liberty Symposium held by the Northwest Liberty Academy. It was wonderful to see so many young Idahoans who have taken an interest in learning about our system of government, capitalism, freedom, and history.

I spoke about the executive order, our education task force, and the unique roles of the Lt. Governor's office in both the legislative and executive branches of government. I also spoke about the efficiency committee I chaired during my first years serving as Idaho Lt. Governor.

Thank you to Alan and Elizabeth Hodge for the invitation to participate in the Symposium and for their hard work and commitment to putting on this event every year.

Sincerely,

Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin
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