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Bill Effective Date Category Description Sponsor Status Fiscal Impact
House Bill 114 – Park Model Recreational Vehicles 07/01/2017 Motor Vehicle, Property, Property Taxation, Taxation

Current law differentiates between park model recreational vehicles that are 8 1/2 feet wide and those that are of greater width with regards to titling, licensing, registration and taxation. This legislation defines “park model recreational vehicle” in a way that eliminates that difference. It provides for the titling, licensing and registration of PMRVs regardless of width and provides that the registration fees paid by PMRVs greater than 8 1/2 feet wide will be returned to the counties where those PMRVs are located.

 

Idaho Association of Counties: In Opposition

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Idaho Housing Alliance House - Transportation and Defense The Idaho Transportation Department estimates it will cost $20,000 to implement this legislation. Counties will see a small increase or decrease in revenues depending on how many owners choose to register their PMRVs, the value of those PMRVs and the county property tax rates. The amount of revenue lost to other taxing districts will depend on how many owners choose to register their PMRVs, the value of those PMRVs and property tax rates.
House Bill 80 – Public Health Districts 07/01/2017 Districts, Public Health

A 2015 study by the Office of Performance Evaluations found that the current formula to fund Idaho public health districts is “…not clearly or consistently linked to program needs within districts.” In response to the study, this legislation would set a new fee formula in Idaho Code to provide needed stability, equity and administrative simplicity. The proposed formula also ties funding to direct health district need based on readily available population and poverty numbers. A three year phase-in is also included in an effort to minimize immediate fiscal impacts to health districts as funding is adjusted.

 

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Rep. Blanksma House - Health & Welfare This legislation will impact each health district differently, but the net impact to the General Fund will be zero.
House Bill 83 – Revenue and Taxation 07/01/2017 Revenue, Taxation

The purpose of this legislation is to ensure if property goes exempt from the property tax rolls within a certain period of time, that the value exempted is subtracted from the dollar amount of property taxes certified for an annual budget, and to clarify what constitutes New Construction.

 

Idaho Association of Counties: In Opposition

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Rep. Trujillo Senate - Local Government and Taxation Impact on local government entities will depend on exemptions granted.
House Bill 117 – Property Tax Exemption 07/01/2017 Property, Property Taxation, Taxation

This proposal expands the current Personal Property Tax (PPT) exemption of $100,000 as provided in Idaho Code 63-602KK, to $250,000. The replacement amount will be based on 2014 personal property tax certification as provided by the county clerks to the Idaho State Tax Commission. Replacement funding will come annually from the state general fund through the sales tax distribution formula as provided in 63-3638, Idaho Code.

 

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Rep. Trujillo House - Revenue and Taxation The impact on the general fund is estimated to be $9,000,000.
House Bill 116 – Urban Renewel 07/01/2017 Property, Property Taxation, Taxation

The purpose of this legislation is to revise the definition of base assessment roll as it relates to urban renewal. Provide that failure to submit required attestation to the State Tax Commission will result in resetting of the base value and to provide that the new construction roll shall include increases in base value due to increases in valuation caused by the removal of the agricultural tax exemption from undeveloped agricultural land within a revenue allocation area.

 

Idaho Association of Counties: No Posistion

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Rep. Trujillo House - Revenue and Taxation Impact to state and local entities will depend on the loss of agricultural exemptions within the revenue allocation areas.
House Bill 103 – Taxing Districts 07/01/2017 Property Taxation, Taxation

Taxing districts, such as cities and counties, set their annual budget not to exceed an increase of 3% of the prior year’s budget, after factoring in growth. A taxing district may choose to set a budget less than this allowed 3% and then use this forgone amount in a later year. This bill allows a taxing district, at its own discretion, to disclaim any or all of its forgone balances.

 

Idaho Association of Counties: In Opposition

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Rep. Moyle and Rep. Harris House - Hold No fiscal impact to local taxing districts unless they choose to forfeit a portion of their forgone amount.
Idaho Code §31-871- Record Retention 01/01/2017 Public Records

Relating to retention of law enforcement media recordings; amending Idaho Code, Section 31-871, to add records categories and definitions.

This Resolution:

  • Establishes a reasonable standard for counties for retention of digital media recordings, such as body and dash cameras and jail surveillance videos.
  • Addresses the costly current temporary records classification of storing digital media files due to volume and size.
  • Encourages the use of digital recording devices
  • Allows for video footage to be preserved to ensure public accountability and the protection of the counties against liability.

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IAC NOT YET A BILL None
Senate Bill 1084 – Irrigation Recording Fees 07/01/2017 Districts, Public Records, Taxation

Current resolution aims to amend Idaho Code, Section 43-711, by adding language to the current fee for recording or filing delinquency lists to address the lack of consistency with other recording fees for the irrigation districts.

The purpose of this legislation is to update the filing fee for irrigation district delinquent lists from two dollars ($2.00) to twenty-five dollars ($25.00).

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IAC Senate - Local Government and Taxation With an average range of delinquent list of 50-150, the fiscal impact to the counties would be an increase of approximately $1,250-$3,750. There is no impact to the state general fund.
Senate Bill 1076 – Whistleblower Act 07/01/2017 General, Public Employee, Public Employees

Current resolution to amend the Idaho Whistleblower Act, relating to clarifying statutory intent regarding the reporting of governmental waste or violation of law by amendment of Idaho code, Section 6-2104.

This resolution:

  • Adds language to be consistent with the other sections of the statute to fulfill the legislative intent of the Act.
  • Provides protection for the employees who report waste or violation of law, rule or regulation.

The proposed amendment would make the subsection consistent with the title and other subsections by adding the same language regarding protections for employees who report the violation of government waste or a violation of law, rule or regulation under the Whistleblower Protection Act, Idaho Code § 6-2104. The language is included in Idaho Code § 6-2104(1), (3) and (4) and the amendment would add it to subsection (2). The clarifying language will specify that an employee is protected from employer retaliation when participating or revealing information in an investigation, hearing, court proceeding, legislative or other inquiry.

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IAC; Sen. Lakey Senate - Commerce and Human Resources The proposed legislation will limit government exposure to investigations involving the existence of any waste of public funds, property or manpower, or a violation or suspected violation of a law, rule or regulation resulting in lower potential liability to governments.
House Bill 21 – Public Employee Retirement 07/01/2017 Public Employees

Currently, the PERSI retirement Rule of 90 applies to officers of the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections and those employed by Idaho’s counties that work in the areas of juvenile detention, juvenile probation, and misdemeanor probation. These professionals are required to have POST certification. Similarly, emergency communications officers, who are also primarily employed by Idaho counties, with a small number employed by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare State Communications Center and the Idaho State Police, are eligible for POST certification but not currently statutorily required be certified. The change in classification from the Rule of 90 to the Rule of 80 will better assist agencies in recruiting and retaining these employees that require extensive and extended training in their field. This change has been advocated by the aforementioned officers and it is believed this legislation will assist with recruiting and retention issues.

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IAC Died Will increase costs by 0.34% across 44 counties.
Idaho Code §34-1012- Early Voting 01/01/2017 Elections

Current resolution of Idaho Code, Section 34-1012, aims to:

  • Eliminate the proclamation of voters’ name requirements for early voting
  • Reduce costs during the election process
  • Make voting process more efficient

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IAC Resolution Will reduce election costs
Idaho Code §1-2218- Magistrate Court 01/01/2017 Counties

Current resolution addresses equity for providing magistrate courts in Idaho Code, Section 1-2218, and supports the review of the sharing of expenses for providing magistrate court services with the cities that utilize county courthouses.

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IAC Resolution Will create equity between cities and counties by providing funding to counties for magistrate courts.
House Bill 64 – Oil and Gas 07/01/2017 Environmental

Legislation would improve the permitting and hearing processes used for applications filed with the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The legislation would simplify the integration process and modify some options for the integrated parties. The legislation would also clarify confusing and potentially conflicting time frames and processes for notification, publication, review, and approval. The legislation would establish predictable hearing dates that will benefit permittees, affected parties, and the department. The legislation would provide a way to eliminate hearings if no objections are received. The legislation would clarify the appeal process.

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Department of Lands; Rep. Gibbs Senate - Resources and Environment None
House Bill 60 – Motor/Voter Registration 07/01/2017 Elections, Motor Vehicle, Public Records

This legislation will provide for the automatic registration of eligible citizens to vote at the same time that they apply for or renew a driver’s license or state issued identification, unless they opt out of being registered to vote at that time. The act of voting — being able to elect our leaders and set our course as a state and a nation — defines the United States at home and abroad. This legislation aims to facilitate the exercise of this basic right for thousands of eligible citizens who are unregistered or have outdated registrations due to relocation.

 

 

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Rep. Rubel House - Ways and Means Every state that has adopted automatic voter registration has seen significant savings with respect to staff time, paper processing, and/or mailing, among other expenses.
Idaho Code §31-710 and §74-204- County Meetings 01/01/2017 Counties

Current resolution to amend Idaho Code, Sections 31-710 and 74-204 on county open meetings notices. The language of current Idaho Code, §31-710 conflicts with that of Idaho Code, §74-204.

This resolution resolves the language conflict in statues as to the public notice required for special meetings held by county elected officials, where §31-710 requires 5 days notice for county special meetings, while §74-204 requires 24-hour notice for all other political subdivisions.

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IAC Resolution None
House Bill 42 – Behavioral Health Services 07/01/2017 Public Health

The intent of this legislation is to add definitions for peer support specialist and family support partner to support implementation of community family support and recovery support supportive service as defined in section 39-3135(7e), Idaho Code to remove language in section 39-3134, Idaho Code related to initial appointment of Regional Behavioral Health Board members that is no longer needed now that boards have been established and add language to membership sections of the State planning Council and Regional Boards to include representation from the field of prevention.

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Department of Health and Welfare House - Health & Welfare This legislation change is intended to be cost neutral
Idaho Code §63-811(c)- Property Tax 01/01/2017 Taxation

Current resolution aims to address the missed property roll in Idaho Code, Section 63-811(c), which affects all counties.

This resolution:

  • Allows the Auditor to deliver missed property roll to the Treasurer as soon as possible.
  • Addresses the current law’s restriction of delivery after the 1st Monday in March.
  • Allows taxpayers to get notice sooner of prior year’s tax due and taxing districts to receive tax distributions sooner.

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IAC Resolution None
House Bill 40 – Hospitalization of Mentally Ill 07/01/2017 Public Health

The Intent of this legislation is to amend the termination or commitment and discharge of involuntary patients committed to inpatient facilities from a 30-day notice to a 7-day notice to the committing court and prosecuting attorney, under title 66, chapter 3, section 66-337(b), Idaho Code. This change will allow for a timelier release from an inpatient facility that is clinically appropriate for the patient and more cost effective. The current 30-day requirement delays the legal process as well as extends the patient’s stay even after receiving the maximum therapeutic benefit of inpatient treatment. The patient no longer meets criteria for continued stay in the inpatient facility accumulating unnecessary costs for inpatient treatment and ties up state hospital beds needed for other patients for an additional 30 days.

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Health and Welfare Committee House - Health & Welfare Under Idaho Code 66-327(c), the Department of Health and Welfare is responsible for costs of involuntary patients committed to the custody of the state of Idaho, beginning on the day after the person is committed to the department until the involuntary patient is discharged.
House Bill 31 – Property Tax Relief 07/01/2017 Property Taxation

This bill relates to property taxes. This bill removes Roth IRA withdrawals that have already been included in the income calculation for the circuit breaker property tax relief by, “amending section 63-701 of Idaho Code to exclude Roth individual retirement account distribution… and make technical corrections; declaring an emergency and providing retroactive application.”

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Tax Commission To Governor This is expected to cause a reduction of general fund revenue of less than $5,000.
House Bill 13 – Elected Officials 07/01/2017 Elections

This legislation amends the statute removing the waiting period for a change in party affiliation to take effect for a current partisan officeholder. The Federal Court determined that it should be consistent with other electors’ change of party affiliation. This bill removes one line which addresses the official date of a political party change by an elected official.

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Secretary of State To Governor None
House Bill 12 – Legislature Elections 07/01/2017 Elections

This legislation amends the statute to match the Idaho Constitution relating to the qualifications for someone to run for the legislature. The requirement to be a registered elector is currently not specifically spelled out in Idaho Code section 34-614. Stating in the amendment of section 34-614 that: “A candidate for the state legislature must be a registered elector within the legislative district for one year preceding the election.”

Senate Amendment 

Idaho Association of Counties: In Support

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Secretary of State Senate - Second Reading None
Senate Bill 1017 – Fire Districts 07/01/2017 Counties, Elections, Public Safety

The purpose of this legislation is to clarify and increase the efficiency of election notification processes in rural fire districts, and to bring those processes into compliance with Idaho Code § 34-602.

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Sen. Johnson Senate - State Affairs None
Senate Bill 1013 – Minor Possession Repeal 07/01/2017 Public Defense

This amendment is necessary to promote uniformity when charging juveniles for possession of marijuana and will help to avoid confusion in the system as a whole. The two statutes, Idaho Code section 20-505 and section 18-1502C, conflict. Repealing Idaho Code section 18-1502C is necessary to promote the intent of the 1999 repeal of the exemption from jurisdiction of possession of marijuana in section 20-505, and to promote consistency within the Juvenile Corrections Act and its other provisions.

 

Idaho Association of Counties Position: Support

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Department of Juvenile Corrections House - Judiciary, Rules & Administration Being as a repeal of Idaho Code section 18-1502C will reduce confusion in the system as a whole, any costs associated with this repeal will be naturally absorbed in the judicial proceedings.
Senate Bill 1012 – Juvenile Corrections 07/01/2017

This amendment is necessary to ensure those listed parties are notified when the Department is considering release of a juvenile and the day of a juvenile’s actual release. Furthermore, this amendment will reflect a common practice that is already in place at the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections.

 

Idaho Association of Counties’ Position: Support

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Department of Juvenile Corrections Senate - Second Reading Statutory cost will be absorbed by the Department of Juvenile Corrections, having minimal cost to the public.
Senate Bill 1006 – Motor Vehicle Card 07/01/2017 Motor Vehicle

This legislation provides for the issuance of a driving privilege card to those who have not been assigned a social security number. With certain limitations, the driving privilege card would substitute for a class D driver’s license. The driving privilege card must clearly display that it is “FOR DRIVING PRIVILEGES ONLY – NOT VALID FOR IDENTIFICATION” and it may not be accepted as proof of personal identification by a governmental entity. Driving privilege cards shall expire each year on the birth date of the applicant.

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Sen. Burgoyne Senate - Transportation The Department estimates an initial appropriation of at least $107,000 in General Funds will be needed for FY 2018 to cover start up costs, which would be paid back to the General Fund from surcharge revenues.
Senate Bill 1001 – Partisan Voting 07/01/2017 Elections

This legislation provides for what is commonly referred to as a Top 2 Primary. All political party and independent candidates for a partisan political office will appear on a single primary ballot and the two candidates receiving the most votes in the primary will be placed on the general election ballot. A voter’s ability to vote for a candidate will no longer be limited by whether he or she is registered to vote as a member of a particular political party, and taxpayers will no longer be required to pay for individual political party contests in which they cannot participate.

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Sen. Burgoyne Senate - State Affairs None
House Bill 73 – Community Colleges 07/01/2017 Community Colleges

Sections 33-2107A through 33-2107C, Idaho Code authorize community colleges to offer third and fourth year college curriculum contingent to specific provisions being met and State Board of Education approval. These sections of code were enacted in 1965 and much of the language contained therein is outdated. Proposed amendments would update the language in Section 33-2107C, Idaho Code, specifying the district used for determining the market value of taxable property and population necessary to provide upper division courses are both the taxing district rather than the county the community college is located in. Amendments to sections 33-2107B and 33-2107C include technical corrections.

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State Board of Education Senate - Education None
House Bill 68 – Personal Property Tax 02/27/2017 Property Taxation

This proposal expands the current Personal Property Tax (PPT) exemption of $100,000 as provided in Idaho Code 63-602KK, to $250,000. The replacement amount will be based on 2014 personal property tax certification as provided by the county clerks to the Idaho State Tax Commission. Replacement funding will come annually from the state general fund through the sales tax distribution formula as provided in 63-3638, Idaho Code.

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Rep. Trujillo House - Revenue and Taxation The impact on the general fund is estimated to be $8,000,000.
House Bill 66 – Vacation Rentals 02/27/2017 Taxation

The purpose of this legislation is to establish statewide standards, protecting privacy, and enabling efficient tax remittance. This bill will add a new chapter to Title 55, Idaho code, regarding definitions and standards on vacation rentals.

 

Idaho Association of Counties: In Opposition

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House - Revenue and Taxation None