Its Wrong for Renter Security Deposits To Disappear

Times are tough enough for renters. Losing a security deposit to a property manager bankruptcy or just leaving the state before they are even allocated is plain wrong. Placing tenant security deposits into operating funds has resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars to insolvent property managers. This money belongs to the renter if there is no damage, and to the owner if there is damage. The Idaho Attorney General reports that 5 property managers have done this in the last few years. This major Meridian bankruptcy illustrates the problem. To solve the problem most states require that security deposits be placed in separate accounts, subject to general audit by a public agency. Property managers already keep an accounting. Legislation I have drafted simply requires a separate bank account be opened and the money placed there. I am very pleased that Boise Council Member Lisa Sanchez will promote this ordinance at Boise City and I will promote it at the legislature next year.

Brown Drinking Water On the Boise Bench

In February 2019, John organized a brown water forum, inviting Suez Water to a meeting at Whitney Elementary School in order to get to bottom of the problem that has been plaguing residents in the Vista/Roosevelt area.

Suez has said at our December meeting that they will be spending 2.5 million to install filtration equipment at the Taggert Well (near Vista and Nez Perce).  They are starting projects to replace the aged iron pipes which contribute.  There is a lot of work to do and it will be expensive.

Gannon Challenges Democratic Party Presidential Nominating Process

In June of 2016, John challenged the presidential  caucus procedure in the Democratic Party. This process actually prevented voters from participating in the selection of the Presidential nominee.  He wrote a guest editorial in the Statesman and explained the issue on Boise State Radio:

This video from Judy explains why caucuses deny the right to vote:


Gannon Calls for Greater Education Funding

This year, I voted against the K-12 education budget because school spending is still $40 million below spending in the 2008-2009 academic year.  Since 2008, Idaho school districts have experienced a 5% increase in student enrollment, a 25% increase in school district health insurance premium costs, a Persi contribution increase, and some inflation.  I made these points on the House Floor during debate and in discussions with the media. For more information, check out the link below.  

Lawmaker: K-12 budget a ‘dismal failure’

Gannon Calls for Ending Colorado CCA Contract

Representative John Gannon and a colleague have proposed a Legislative Resolution to require the State to end its last remaining CCA contract which provides for the housing of Idaho inmates at the private CCA Kit Carson facility in Colorado.  Currently there are 250 Idaho inmates there. The private prison experiment has failed in Idaho and the way in which the contract has been breached is a good reason to end all CCA contracts.  

Lawmakers want out-of-state prisoners brought home

Boise Weekly Interviews Rep. John Gannon

On February 26, 2014 the Boise Weekly published an interview in which I discus my views on my time and experiences at the Capitol this year. For more information, check out the link below.

Rep. John Gannon: “You’ve got to be involved to have a responsive government.”


I have proposed legislation to modernize a rarely used exception to our child protection injury law so that every parent must seek medical attention to treat a child who is at risk of death or permanent disability.   Presently the law allows faith healing parents to refuse treatment.  But, a child has a right to become an adult, and society in general believes a child should be treated for an illness such as strep throat, pneumonia, infection or diabetes. The proposal is supported by the Interfaith Alliance, and people who are familiar with the exclusive use of faith healing as a remedy for serious illness.  The idea behind the legislation is to require parents to seek medical treatment in addition to faith healing and nothing more.   Decisions regarding the nature and extent of medical treatment remain the same as they are today.

The proposal has been widely discussed and you can read more here:

Boise lawmaker targets faith healing in children’s deaths

Interfaith Alliance of Idaho backs bill aimed at tackling faith healing

Idaho Private Prison:  A failed experiment

John Gannon’s idea to require state boards and agencies to consider proposals from state departments, particularly with regard to the private prison management of one of Idaho’s prisons, resulted in several favorable comments and was widely discussed.

Lawmaker wants Idaho to bid on private prison

Only a law will protect Idaho’s taxpayers

Idaho is Looking For A New Prison Operator

Same Sex Tax Law

Laws and rules need to be constitutional when they are implemented. Discrimination shouldn’t be a part of public policy.  John Gannon pointed out that different tax commission rules for same sex couples may violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

Lawmaker Questions Idaho Tax Rule Changes re Same-Sex Couples

Idaho Lawmaker Questions Legality of Same-Sex Tax Rules


Tax breaks help keep Idaho at the bottom in education funding.

John Gannon has consistently advocated for better public education funding. He opposed tax cuts that take money from the General Fund because they just reduce the revenue available for education, especially in 2013 when school district after district raised property taxes to cover for lost revenue the general fund should have provided.

House Passes Tax Cut For Idaho Businesses


Idaho Governor’s Mansion

The Governors Mansion program has not worked.  Different Governors will have different family needs and spouses may want a less public home.  At least 8 Governors nationwide are not  living in their states governors mansions – for good personal reasons.  John Gannon testified against keeping the Mansion.  He supported a housing allowance just as prior Idaho Governors received when they served.

Idaho’s Empty Governor’s Mansion a Thorn in Residents’ Sides