Can a person receive and accept new information without compromising their values? I talk about that, the nature of leadership and the unfortunate evolution of the cosmetology bill in my podcast today.

What motivates a person to serve in the Idaho Legislature? Let me share my reasons why I’m here.
“I’d rather negotiate than legislate.” – Representative Kelley Packer

The Idaho Legislature is one of the most conservative in America, yet legislators bring 700-800 ideas for new laws every year. Why are there so many and how do we filter through them all.

Are tax cuts good or bad? And how about legislative rules and House decorum? Are they arbitrary? Let me explain how they really work… beyond the news soundbite.

Should our legislators be full time? The rationale behind my sign language legislation and the review of a proposed rule that would have a significant impact on the trucking industry.

This week I discuss how a bill becomes a law, share an update on dispatcher licensure, clarify the Unspam legislation and share my personal ethics.

Week 1: Rep Kelley Packer – 2017 Idaho Legislative Report

January 16, 2017

Week 1 of the 64th Idaho Legislature is in the books. I discuss the tumultuous first 5 days, UnSpam legislation, and tax cuts during the Great Recession vs. responsible funding of services.

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Rep. Kelley Packer: State of the State

January 10, 2017

My thoughts on Gov. Otter’s State of the State address and the passing of former Pocatello Mayor Greg Anderson.

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Day 1: Rep Kelley Packer – 2017 Idaho Legislative Report

January 9, 2017

In this podcast of the first day of the 2017 Idaho Legislative Session, I review my goals which include: dispatch training, sign language interpreters, protecting kids from inappropriate cell phone spam, civility and respect. This is going to be a busy session.

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Preventing drunk driving and underage drinking

July 20, 2016

“On behalf of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (, it is my pleasure to tell you that you have been selected to receive our Leadership Award for your efforts to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking in Idaho this year. We are incredibly grateful for your continued partnership and are excited to honor your […]

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