The Right to Try – H481
The Right to Try gives patients with a terminal diagnosis the right to try an investigational drug to save their lives. The FDA process can take upwards of 12-15 years to approve a new drug. Some patients, like those who have been diagnosed with ALS, may be given a very short little expectancy to live very long. This legislation allows a patient to work with their doctor to use an investigational drug as long as it has passed the PHASE 1 – Safety process.
A constituent, John Knudsen, along with a research physician, Dr. James Quinn, contacted me to research and run this legislation. We worked as a team and even involved an attorney from the Goldwater Institute, who had drafted model legislation to assist state legislatures.
Dear John, Will the Idaho Legislature grant terminally ill Idahoans the ‘Right to Try?’, by George Prentice, Boise Weekly reporter
John’s Law: Right to Try Becomes Reality in Idaho, by George Prentice, Boise Weekly reporter
Sexual Assault Evidence Processing – H528
This legislation enacts legal standards to ensure that evidence collected in a sexual assault investigations will be tested in a timely manner, supporting victims and holding perpetrators accountable. This bill also created a first of its kind tracking system and requires information to be publicly posted and reported to the legislature annually.
I worked with an interagency working group that included representatives from the Idaho State Police forensics laboratory, victim’s advocacy groups, law enforcement, crime victim’s compensation, prosecutors office, and public defense. This collaborative effort resulted in unanimous approval in both the House and Senate.
Legislator Proposes Changes in Rape Kit Testing Policy, by Ruth Brown,Idaho Press Tibune reporter
Legislature Approves Funding for Rape Kit Tracking Bill, by Ruth Brown,Idaho Press Tibune reporter