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Senate Bill 1188 – GARVEE and Idaho State Police 07/01/2017 Public Funds

This legislation approves bonding authority to issue highway transportation (GARVEE) bonds by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA) in a principal amount sufficient to finance the highway transportation projects listed in the legislation in an amount up to $300 million. Such bonds are expected to be paid from the State Highway Account as provided in Idaho Code 40-707. Project selection and allocation of GARVEE bond proceeds shall be the sole responsibility and duty of the Idaho Transportation Board. This legislation creates the Capacity, Safety, and Congestion Mitigation Program Fund (CSCM Fund). Money from ITD’s CSCM Fund and from the locals CSCM Fund can be used for road or bridge new construction projects. This legislation extends for 5 years the surplus eliminator in 2015’s H312aaSaaS, providing for a split of 60% for state and 40% for local units of government. Local units of government are required to file reports as to how the maintenance money was spent before they can receive their payment. If reports are not filed by June 30 the State Controller shall deposit all funds withheld pursuant to this requirement in the Budget Stabilization Fund. The 40% local split would be put in a newly created fund called local strategic initiatives fund. LHTAC would take applications, prioritize, and select projects. This legislation eliminates the 5% transfer from the Highway Distribution Account to the Law Enforcement Account. Beginning in FY2018, 1.185% or $17 million ofsalestaxes are distributed to the Law Enforcement Fund. Finally, this legislation directs JLOC to have OPE conduct an independent evaluation of LHTAC.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Sen. Brackett Died Total in FY2018 is $17.25 million.
Senate Bill 1202 – Garnishments 07/01/2017 Courts

This proposal amends existing law regarding wage garnishment and associated court, service, collection and enforcement procedures. It consolidates existing statutory titles and chapters governing civil suits regarding wage garnishments into a single title 7 new chapter 11. The bill empowers the Idaho Supreme Court to establish consistent forms for interrogatories and claims of exemption from wage garnishment. It requires financial institutions to review funds in accounts to avoid disturbing federal or state protected funds of an account holder. Clarifies the process for debtors to file claims of exemption protecting certain assets against wage garnishment. Requires county commissioners to adopt a fee for the delivery of a wage garnishment court order and writ by a county sheriff, and to post the sheriff fee’s methodology on the county website and submit it to the Supreme Court for posting on the state website.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

 

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Sen. Burgoyne Law This proposal amends existing law regarding wage garnishment and associated court, service, collection and enforcement procedures. Creates fees and wage garnishments to reduce court expenditures.
Senate Bill 1206 – Highways and Roads 07/01/2017 Public Safety

This legislation approves bonding authority to issue highway transportation (GARVEE) bonds by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA) in a principal amount sufficient to finance the highway transportation projects listed in the legislation in an amount up to $300 million. Such bonds are expected to be paid from federal highway apportionments and a small State match. Project selection and allocation of GARVEE bond proceeds shall be the sole responsibility and duty of the Idaho Transportation Board. This legislation creates the Transportation Expansion and Congestion Mitigation Fund in ITD. This legislation extends for 2 years. the surplus eliminator in 2015’s H312aaSaaS, providing for a split of 60% for state and 40% for local units of government. The 40% local split would be put in a newly created fund called local strategic initiatives fund. LHTAC will work with local units of government to select projects. This legislation redirects the unallocated portion of the cigarette tax to the Transportation Expansion and Congestion Mitigation Fund.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Sen. Brackett To Governor The surplus eliminator will vary from year to year, but in previous years it has been $21.9 million to $108.3 million. These amounts are split equally between Budget Stabilization Fund and the Strategic Initiatives Fund and impact the General Fund by reducing the amount on the bottom line.
House Bill 143 – State Procurement 07/01/2017 Taxation

This legislation, recommended by the State Procurement Laws Interim Committee, enables individual state agencies to: (1) participate in cooperative purchasing agreements with other public agencies; and (2) participate in contracts made by other Idaho public agencies (such as political subdivisions). Allowing agencies to participate in cooperative purchasing and to share contracts would reduce administrative costs to the state by requiring fewer solicitations. As cooperative purchasing agreements contain a higher volume of goods and services, state and other Idaho public agencies would likely be able to procure property for reduced costs as well. To ensure the integrity of the procurement process, this legislation requires that any shared contract must have been made after competitive bidding that is consistent with Idaho law.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

Session Law Chapter 188

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Sen. Jordan & Rep. Vander Woude Law None
House Bill 149 – Voter Identification 07/01/2017 Elections

The purpose of this legislation is to amend Section 34-113, Idaho Code, in order to approve an additional form of identification because a person must provide a form of personal identification at the polls before voting or at absent electors polling places.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

Session Law Chapter 132

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Rep. Cheatham Law None
House Bill 145 – PERSI 07/01/2017 Public Employee

The definition of an “employer” for purposes of admittance into PERSI is very broad. This bill narrows that definition, limiting it to a “unit of government” for any new entry.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

Session Law Chapter 235

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Rep. Harris & Rep. Packer Law None
House Bill 274 – Invasive Species Act 07/01/2017 Counties

This bill amends the Idaho Invasive Species Act by establishing in the Office of the Governor, an administrator of invasive species policy and codifies the Idaho Invasive Species Council. This legislation sets up the duties of the administrator and the Department of Agriculture and lays out the coordination efforts between state agencies.

Compare to H256

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Rep. Gestrin Governor - Veto This bill will have a fiscal impact to the General Fund of $114,000 per year for personnel costs and $28,700 for operating expenditures. This will have a supplemental appropriation for FY 2017 of $28,700 for personnel costs, $7,200 for operating expenditures, and a onetime capital outlay of $5,000.
Senate Bill 1180 – Property Tax Revenue 07/01/2017 Property Taxation

This bill partially restores and partially returns property tax revenue back to counties and cities that have significant new development growth by reducing the period of time that the 63-602W exemption can be used and reduces the improvement exemption value to a more realistic value based upon our now recovered economy while still preserving a significant portion of the exemption. The change still preserves the ability of the developer to submit a comparative market analysis to substantiate a higher exemption. The prior historical adjustment to the exemption was made in response to the economic down turn which has since been abated.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

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Bob Bingham Senate - Local Government and Taxation None
House Bill 283 – Property Tax Rolls 07/01/2017 Property Taxation

The purpose of this legislation is to ensure if property goes exempt from the property tax rolls, the value exempted is subtracted from the dollar amount of property taxes certified for an annual budget.

Compare to H83

Idaho Association of Counties: Oppose

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Rep. Trujillo House - Revenue and Taxation Impact on local government entities will depend on exemptions granted.
Senate Bill 1163 – GARVEE Bonds 07/01/2017 Public Funds

This legislation approves bonding authority to issue highway transportation (GARVEE) bonds by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association in a principal amount sufficient to finance the highway transportation projects listed in the legislation (page 3) in an amount up to $300,000,000. Such bonds are expected to be paid from the State Highway Account as provided in Idaho Code § 40-707. Project selection shall be the sole responsibility and duty of the Idaho Transportation Board. Allocation of GARVEE bond proceeds shall be the sole responsibility and duty of the Idaho Transportation Board. Also, this legislation approves $200,000,000 in general bonding authority issued by IHFA to finance projects lists in the legislation (page 3) or other new highway and bridge projects ITD may select to improve safety, provide commerce opportunities, and reduce congestion. Of this bonding authority, 60% is for State projects and 40% is for local units of government. This legislation extends for 5 years the surplus eliminator in H312aaSaaS, passed in 2015, providing for a split of 60% for the state and 40% for local units of government which are required to file reports as to how the maintenance money was spent before they can receive any additional payments. This legislation exempts the sales tax on road materials. It also eliminates the 5% transfer from the Highway Distribution Account to the Law Enforcement Account. Instead, 1% of the sales tax distribution is directed to the Law Enforcement Account. To hold local governments harmless, it increases one percentage point to 12.5% of sales tax distribution to the Revenue Sharing Account. Finally, this legislation directs JLOC to have OPE conduct an independent evaluation of LHTAC.

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Idaho Association of Counties: Support

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Sen. Brackett Senate - Transportation Sales tax on materials used for public roads is estimated to be $10,000,000 to $12,000,000 and will be used on the highways and will not be going into the General Fund.
Senate Bill 1162 – GARVEE Bond 07/01/2017 Public Funds

This legislation approves bonding authority to issue highway transportation (GARVEE) bonds by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association in a principal amount sufficient to finance the highway transportation projects listed in the legislation (page 2) in an amount up to $300,000,000. Such bonds are expected to be paid from the State Highway Account as provided in Idaho Code § 40-707. Project selection shall be the sole responsibility and duty of the Idaho Transportation Board. Allocation of GARVEE bond proceeds shall be the sole responsibility and duty of the Idaho Transportation Board.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

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Sen. Brackett Senate - Transportation This legislation increases no taxes. It is anticipated that the debt bond service including the existing GARVEE bond service and the additional bond service required by this legislation would be approximately 27% of the Idaho Transportation Department's federal fuel tax revenue
Senate Bill 1154 – POST Council 07/01/2017 Public Employees

Idaho’s Peace Officer Training and Standards (POST) is a subunit of the Idaho State Police and administered by the Post Council. POST is responsible for training and certifying Idaho’s peace, corrections, probation and parole, detention and emergency communications officers. POST relies on receiving Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) data obtained during criminal history background checks of law enforcement employment applicants. POST has traditionally had direct access to necessary CJIS information. However, since 2015, POST has been denied direct access to necessary CJIS data as a result of the FBI’s CJIS Advisory Committee’s determination POST is not a criminal justice agency. As a result, POST is forced to rely on the unconfirmed attestation of the various hiring law enforcement agencies as to an applicant’s qualifications with respect to criminal history. Yet the state statutory requirement for the verification of applicant criminal history for purposes of certification rests with the POST Council. RS25367 seeks to amend section 19-5109, Idaho Code. This amendment would designate POST a criminal justice agency, thereby improving the likelihood the POST Council will be approved for direct access to CJIS information by the CJIS Advisory Committee.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

Session Law Chapter 284

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Sen. Foreman Law The proposed amendment to section 19-5109, Idaho Code, will have no impact on the General Fund. The amendment may have a future positive effect on POST funding by obviating the estimated payment of $60,000 in non criminal justice agency access fees imposed on POST for restricted access to CJIS criminal history data.
Senate Bill 1141 – Disaster Relief 07/01/2017 Emergency Relief

This bill provides funding to the Office of Emergency Management in the Military Division to provide
emergency assistance for counties that have received a gubernatorial declaration of disaster and are eligible
for state support. Grant applicants are eligible to receive assistance from the state with a 10% local match.
These funds are used to meet the immediate needs of the community for health and safety and to stabilize
the environment and not typically for permanent repairs and restoration.
This bill also provides funding to the Emergency Relief Fund in the Office of Emergency Management
primarily for permanent repair or restoration of roads and bridges damaged during the extreme weather
conditions this winter. It is also expected that additional damages will be identified as flood waters recede
and the spring thaw undermines roadways. In some instances funding provided in Section 8 of the bill
may be spent on projects that will then be eligible for federal reimbursement up to 75%. State and local
governmental agencies will be eligible to apply for funding under Sections 4 through Section 8.
Finally, the bill provides an emergency clause so that funding will be available as soon as it passes the
Legislature and is signed by the Governor.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

Session Law Chapter 279

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Law This bill appropriates and transfers $2 million from the General Fund to the Disaster Emergency Fund;
House Bill 270 – Bond and Levy Elections 07/01/2017 Elections

The purpose of thislegislation is prevent public funds, resources and/or property from being used to influence the outcome at the ballot box. This legislation replaces H 189.

Idaho Association of Counties: Oppose

 

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Rep. Months Senate - State Affairs Thislegislation should have no negative impact to any state or local budgets. However, it could have positive impacts to both state and local governments by preventing funds or resources from being used to influence the outcome at the ballot box.
House Bill 269 – Sales Tax 07/01/2017 Taxation

The purpose of this legislation is to adjust the sales tax distribution formula to cities and counties. The current system is based on outdated historical information that was based on among other things the number of chickens and pigs and other elements within a geographical area. This legislation will phase out the outdated calculation over ten year period and put in new system that is based on population.

Idaho Association of Counties: Oppose as Presented

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Rep. Monks House - Revenue and Taxation This legislation does not change the overall amount of funds that are distributed to cities and counties. However, the ratio of the distributed funds that each city and county receives will change. Subsequent years will be based on actual population increases and decreases.
House Bill 268 – Transportation 07/01/2017 Transportation

When a local entity chooses to evaluate whether to allow vehicles weighing up to 129,000 pounds on a particular route, the authority of when and how this decision is made is left up to that local jurisdiction. This proposal makes a one-word change that clarifies the local control to highway jurisdictions by neither prohibiting nor requiring multiple feasibility studies.

Idaho Association of Counties: Oppose

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Rep. Palmer House - Transportation and Defense None
House Bill 267 – Budget Stabilization Fund 07/01/2017

This legislation changes the sunset date of the provisions established in the Strategic Initiatives Program from May 31, 2017 to May 31, 2022, extending the program for five additional years.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Rep. Palmer House - Transportation and Defense The fiscal impact of the legislation is not determinable at this time, for the funds going into the account occur after all appropriations.
House Bill 255 – Alcohol 07/01/2017 Revenue

This legislation will fix Idaho’s liquor license system by paying current state liquor license holders for the investment they have made into our current inequitable system, and create a new, fair system of municipal licenses for qualified applicants moving forward. The current structure for issuing liquor licenses to Idaho businesses is unjust. For a state-issued privilege such as a license, each person who is qualified should have equal access, even if such access it stringent. Instead, a market unrelated to state-issuance of this privilege has grown, and businesses are left scouring the private market to pay up to three hundred thousand dollars to a private citizen for a license. There are many business owners who have been waiting to get a state liquor license for years, and it is unclear how many more years until they finally get a permit. Idaho’s current liquor license laws are a roadblock for local business owners. The regulations are preventing business owners from creating more jobs and contributing to the local economy. Furthermore, fixing this unjust application of licensure is very difficult, and if done incorrectly, could unjustly hurt current license holders who have played by the rules to operate their businesses. This legislation creates a balance that will protect the value current license holders have in their state-issued licenses, but create a new tier of licenses for restaurants that want to sell liquor by the drink. This legislation will allow counties and cities to sell these licenses, called municipal licenses, to restaurants that have full kitchens, and dedicate the vast majority of their business to serving food. This would remove restrictions that are preventing business owners from investing in Idaho and create certainty in the market. Current business owners who hold a state liquor license will continue to see the value of their investment under this legislation. While restaurants operating under a new municipal license will have to meet certain requirements, follow strict guidelines and pay $6,000 to receive a license in their first year and an annual renewal fee of a up to $5,250 every year thereafter, state license holders will not be subject to these same rules. State licenses will be the only way to operate a bar. State license holders will receive a ten percent discount at the Idaho State Liquor Division. This legislation also creates a fund to reimburse current license holders if they end up selling their license for less than they paid for it.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Rep. Malek Held at desk The fiscal impact on the state, to both the Idaho State Police and the Idaho State Liquor Division depends on how many municipal licenses are purchased.
House Bill 130 – Local Government Finances 07/01/2017 Taxation

The purposes of this proposal include making adjustments to financial reporting procedures to establish procedures that better integrate with calendaring of city council board meetings, that square with modern methods of maintaining electronic financial records in which all transactions can be traced and that provide improved methods of disclosing city financial information by making records available online. Financial reporting obligations for all political subdivisions are allowed to conform to meeting schedules for the governing board, and willful misconduct by a political subdivision treasurer is deemed to be subject to action by the elected governing board.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

Session Law Chapter 129

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Rep. Malek Law None
House Bill 211 – Invasive Species Stickers 07/01/2017 Revenue

This act amends Idaho code 67-7008A increasing the invasive species sticker fee for non-residents from twenty-two dollars ($22) to thirty dollars ($30). as Idaho becomes more popular for tourist, we must ensure that we are able to maintain and increase our efforts in protecting our great state from invasive species. This is a critical recommendation from the invasive species working group.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

Session Law Chapter 193

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Rep. Erpelding Law This legislation will increase proceeds into the Invasive Species Fund. Currently out-of-state invasive species tags generate $218k per year. The gross collections will be 20% to 25% more than the net distribution because of vendor fees and Parks and Recreation overhead. The total expected revenue from this fee increase is estimated to be approximately $70 - 80K, ensuring our check stations have the resources needed to stay open longer.
House Bill 202 – Civil Asset Forfeiture 07/01/2017 Property

This legislation changes the current code regarding civil asset forfeitures in several regards. Notably, modifications include: (1) vehicles would not be subject to forfeiture in connection with mere possession of a controlled substance; they would have to have been used in connection with trafficking offenses as enumerated, or to comprise ill-gotten gains; (2) property that is merely in proximity to a controlled substance is not subject to forfeiture absent a meaningful connection to a violation of the chapter; (3) mere presence of U.S. currency is not sufficient cause for a seizure or forfeiture; (4) creating a right of replevin of property while proceedings are pending provided the owners can show necessity and security; (5) courts must determine whether a property forfeiture is proportionate to the crime alleged, as is currently reflected in case law; (6) an obsolete publication provision is removed; (7) innocent owners are absolved of having to pay the state & a pos’s costs associated with the seizure; (8) law enforcement may not bypass the disposition procedures and retain property without judicial approval; and (9) reporting requirements regarding forfeited property are instituted.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Rep. Harris Governor - Veto There should be little if any impact to county and ISP funds
House Bill 172 – Civil Forfeitures 07/01/2017 Property

This legislation changes the current code regarding civil asset forfeitures in several regards. Notably, modifications include: (1) vehicles would not be subject to forfeiture in connection with mere possession of a controlled substance; they would have to have been used in connection with trafficking offenses as enumerated, or to comprise ill-gotten gains; (2) property that is merely in proximity to a controlled substance is not subject to forfeiture absent a meaningful connection to a violation of the chapter; (3) mere presence of U.S. currency is not sufficient cause for a seizure or forfeiture; (4) creating a right of replevin of property while proceedings are pending provided the owners can show necessity and security; (5) courts must determine whether a property forfeiture is proportionate to the crime alleged, as is currently reflected in case law; (6) an obsolete publication provision is removed; (7) innocent owners are absolved of having to pay the state’s costs associated with the seizure; (8) law enforcement may not bypass the disposition procedures and retain property without judicial approval; and (9) reporting requirements regarding forfeited property are instituted.

Compare to H202

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Rep. Rubel & Rep. Harris House - Judiciary, Rules & Administration None
House Bill 197 – Vacant Position Elections 07/01/2017 Elections

The purpose of this legislation is to update the special election provision in Idaho Code first put into law in 1899, with regard to vacancies to be filled in the United States House of Representatives.

Idaho Association of Counties: Neutral

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Rep. Loertscher Governor - Veto None
House Bill 218 – Highway Sales Tax 07/01/2017 Revenue, Taxation

This legislation will transfer one percent of the sales tax collected to the law enforcement fund created in Idaho Code Section 67-2914. The revenue that previously came from the highway distribution account and went to the law enforcement account will now be apportioned at a rate of 60/40. Forty percent will go to local units of government, and sixty percent will go to the state highway account.

Idaho Association of Counties: Oppose

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Rep. Moyle & Rep. Palmer Law The negative fiscal impact to the general fund will be between $17 million and $18 million, depending on growth. There will be a positive impact to the Idaho State Police law enforcement account of $17 million to $18 million, depending on growth.
Senate Bill 1113 – Justice Reinvestment 07/01/2017 Public Safety

This legislation, clarifies the intent of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative which charged our correction department with 21 changes to reduce recidivism and increase public safety. The policies of this bill address challenges facing Idaho’s criminal justice system. The revolving door of recidivism is the focus of the changes to the Parole Commission. This includes adding two members so the board can make certain decisions that require less than a quorum, increasing the efficiency of the commission’s work. While many of the changes proposed in this legislation will have no fiscal impact, the removal of the graduated sanctions for technical violators may increase costs associated will incarceration.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

Session Law Chapter 182

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Sen. Lodge & Rep. Luker Law The costs for the improvements at the Parole Commission which prevent further delays in the revocation hearing process are anticipated at $307,900.
Senate Bill 1121 – School Programs 07/01/2017 Education

The purpose of this legislation is to improve the health and safety of Idaho school children by reducing the risk of traffic related injuries and fatalities suffered by children traveling to and from school. It will also increase access and opportunity for school children to reach recommended levels of physical activity, help children grow up at a healthy weight, reduce risks of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Supported Safe Routes to School programs and projects build infrastructure and education programs providing access and encouragement for children to walk and bike to school safely. This creates the Safe Routes to School Healthy Kids Program administered by the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC).

Idaho Association of Counties: Neutral

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Idaho Walk/Bike Alliance House - Transportation and Defense This legislation creates a funding mechanism for future distribution to the Safe Routes to School Healthy Kids Program from potential State or other funding that will be deposited in the fund created by the State Treasury and distributed by the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC).
Senate Bill 1068 – Invasive Species 07/01/2017 Counties

This bill amends the Idaho Invasive Species Act by the addition of an Office of Invasive Species Policy within the Office of Species Conservation. This legislation sets-up the duties and reporting requirements of the policy administrator of that office and lays out the coordination efforts between State agencies.

Compare to H256

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Sen. Rice Senate - Agricultural Affairs This will have a fiscal impact to the general fund of $114,600 per year for personnel costs, 28,700 in operating expenditures. This will have a supplemental appropriation for FY2017 of 28,700 for personnel costs, 7,200 operating expenditures, and $5,000 on one time capital outlay.
House Bill 216 – Vacation Rentals 07/01/2017 Property

This legislation protects the private property rights of Idaho homeowners by ensuring the right to rent their property is maintained. The legislation protects property owners by allowing local governments to regulate short-term rentals only in cases where it is in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare. The legislation further requires short-term rental marketplaces, that contract with Idaho homeowners, to collect and remit all applicable taxes to the state and local governments which are currently due.

Idaho Association of Counties: Oppose

Session Law Chapter 239

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Pam Eaton & Jim Clark Law It is difficult to know how many short-term rentals are currently active in Idaho, what they charge, how often they are rented, where they are rented, and if they are remitting the taxes they are currently required to collect.
House Bill 175 – Staff Attorneys 07/01/2017 Counties

First, the intent of this legislation is to remove the personnel cost of staff attorneys, who work for the district judges at the county level, from the counties and place them officially as employees of the Idaho Supreme Court. The purpose is to ensure staff attorneys are being paid by the entity which employs them. Secondly, this is intended to remove pressure from the county’s justice fund levy.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

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Rep. Perry House - Judiciary, Rules & Administration The estimated cost surrounding staff attorneys is $3.9 million currently paid for by the counties and will now nbe attributed to the Supreme Court. Any future changes in this amount will be subject to any CEC or payroll decisions made by the Supreme Court in its routine budgeting process.
Senate Bill 1053 – State Highway Management 07/01/2017 Transportation

The purpose of this legislation is to amend Idaho Code Section 40-310 to provide additional duties to the Board of Transportation to develop a highway access management system. This system will be based on objective standards and will balance the economic development objectives of properties abutting state of Idaho highways with the transportation safety and access management objectives of state highways. The development of this system will be consistent with local transportation system plans and the land uses permitted in local comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances. This will allow the Board of Transportation to garner opinions from all relevant parties and come up with a comprehensive plan for highway access management that fits the objectives of affected businesses as well as local governmental agencies.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Sen. Winder Senate - Transportation There will be fiscal impact to the Idaho Department of Transportation to develop the plan. The related costs would come out of the Department's budget and is estimated to be $50,000.
Senate Bill 1054 – Eminent Domain 07/01/2017 Property

The purpose of this legislation is to amend Idaho Code Section 7-711 to provide for revised procedures and factors in eminent domain proceedings regarding how the assessment of damages is determined by further defining how the property value is to be determined. The condemning authority must take into consideration the highest and best use, the access available to the property and all other factors that relate to value. The proposed legislation would set limitations on what can or should not be considered and that the value of the property determined shall not include any increase or decrease in value due to these limitations.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Sen. Winder Senate - Transportation It is next to impossible to determine or even estimate the fiscal impact at this time.
Senate Bill 1119 – Public Records Exemption 07/01/2017 Public Records

The purpose of this legislation is to exempt, from Idaho public record disclosure laws, applications and supporting documentation surrounding extraordinary litigation funding requests from the Idaho Public Defense Commission. The intent is to protect the confidentiality and fidelity of the court process and its participants.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

Session Law Chapter 275

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Sen. Winder Law None
Senate Bill 1065 – State Land Purchases 07/01/2017 Property

This legislation establishes that it is the public policy of the state of Idaho that there shall be no net loss of private property within the state.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Sen. Vick Senate - Resources and Environment The impact to the general fund cannot be estimated, but it is likely to be minimal.
House Bill 196 – Election Days School Closure 07/01/2017 Elections

The purpose of this legislation is to ensure student safety and provide for adequate polling locations for the purpose of voting on Election Day. Increasing concerns about student safety have been raised due to having both students and voters, who would not typically be at a school, using the facility at the same time. Presently, schools are the most common polling location used in Idaho. Schools are needed in order to provide adequate and accessible polling locations within residential communities throughout the state. This legislation addresses both the need for schools to be used as polling locations and addresses the student safety concerns by removing students during voting, but still allowing the facility to be used by the school districts for other purposes. There is a delayed effective date in order to ensure adequate time to adjust school calendars and contracts to facilitate this change.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

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Ada County Clerk - Chief Deputy McGrane House - Education There will be a financial impact to local school districts related to making changes to service contracts impacted by the date changes in student attendance. The impact to local districts will vary based upon how each district decides to adjust its calendar based upon the legislation. The fiscal impact to districts is anticipated to be modest and may be offset by of use of these dates as professional development days.
Senate Bill 1067 – Building Codes 07/01/2017 Public Records

The proposed legislation modifies title 39 by defining owner-builder and providing an owner-builder exemption to the building permit process but only to local government that choose to do so. This proposed legislation provides this option to better address local need but does not change the ability to track construction via a building site permit. Planning and zoning requirements remain; the ability to protect the aquifer and environmental concerns remain. Also remaining are: a mechanism for the Assessor to assess property values; safety as ensured by engineer certification; Idaho health district mandates; and of course, state electrical and plumbing requirements. Commercial, industrial, and other public buildings are still subject to codes, as well as residential developments. Additionally, the real estate disclosure clause provides for full disclosure. This legislation, when adopted by a local government, still ensures public safety, and could relieve backlogged staff.

Idaho Association of Counties: Neutral

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Marc Eberlin Senate - Held in committee None
House Bill 207 – Foregone Balance 07/01/2017 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: Oppose

Session Law Chapter 148

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Rep. Moyle & Rep. Harris Law no fiscal impact to local taxing districts unless they choose to forfeit a portion of their forgone amount.
House Bill 160 – Healthcare Assistance Program 07/01/2017 Public Health, Taxation

The purpose of this legislation is to authorize primary care, limited prescriptions, and care coordination to Idaho’s eligible population with income levels under 100% of the federal poverty guideline who are not eligible for Medicaid, the Advanced Payment of Tax Credit, and not currently eligible or enrolled in an employer sponsored or other government subsidized health care plan. This population has historically sought episodic care through clinics providing low cost or free care, or has not sought care until they are seriously ill, which has resulted in high costs to the state through the county indigent and state catastrophic health programs. This population would also benefit from access to community resources to strengthen their self-reliance. Because of the finite funds available, this program will only cover a limited subgroup of adults and is not comprehensive care. This legislation would improve the quality of healthcare in Idaho by providing eligible participants with regular preventive primary care and care management for chronic conditions and may reduce the overall demand on emergency rooms and the need for costly hospitalizations. This primary care and care coordination would be provided in a manner that furthers the state’s goal to transform Idaho’s healthcare system from a volume based, fee-for-service model to a value based system of care through clinics utilizing a care coordination and case management model.

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Idaho Association of Counties: Neutral

 

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Rep. Wood House - Health & Welfare Estimated available funds for the newly created Health Care Assistance Program are around $10.5 million in FY 2018 from the Idaho Millennium Fund and Dedicated Cooperative Welfare Fund donations which are anticipated to cover costs.
Senate Bill 1082 – Primary Care Bill 07/01/2017 CAT Fund, Public Health

This bill creates within the CAT Fund the Community Primary Care Program to provide primary care to 15,000 adults with chronic health conditions earning less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level. The program is funded with state funds. Part of the funds are used to encourage the use of life coaching to help individuals in the program pass through poverty as quickly as possible and achieve more economic self-sufficiency.

Idaho Association of Counties: Neutral

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Sen. Thayn Senate - Health & Welfare The program's first year costs include $600,000 for administration and $9.3 million for medical services for a total of $9.9 million. The funds will come from the Millennium Fund. Second year funding is estimated to be $15.6 million mostly from the Millennium Fund.
House Bill 205 – Flat Recording Fee 07/01/2017 Counties

This bill amends I.C. § 31-3205 to change recording fees for certain types of instruments that do not exceed 30 pages to a flat fee rather than a fee per page recorded. This bill will simplify the real estate settlement process for title companies, realtors, lenders and consumers by providing accurate recording and closing costs for consumers.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

Session Law Chapter 237

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Rep. Blanksma Law None
House Bill 192 – Property Tax Exemption 07/01/2017 Property, Taxation

Property tax exemption for qualified projects is one of the few economic development tools available to county governments to support and encourage business expansion opportunities. Over the past several years, county commissioners have suggested that the limited scope of the property tax exemption – namely, that it requires $3 million in capital investment and can be used only to support manufacturing projects- has been a limiting factor in supporting businesses that would have provided a boost to the local economy. This legislation enhances the project eligibility beyond manufacturing and creates a lower threshold for capital investment of not less than $500,000. County commissioners would retain sole discretion on whether to extend this exemption to an eligible project and would have the ability to annually establish a higher threshold. They would also be required to notify local taxing districts when considering a property tax exemption.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

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Rep. Moyle & Rep. Kerby House - Passed None
House Bill 150 – Early Elections 07/01/2017 Elections

The purpose of this legislation is to clarify the early voting time line for elections by defining when early voting may begin and to provide statewide consistency in the early voting process for those counties that elect to do “early voting”.

Idaho Association of Counties: Oppose

Will work with sponsor(s) on language for future resolutions and bills.

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Rep. Manwaring House - Passed None
Senate Bill 1142 – Health Care Assistance 07/01/2017 Public Health

The purpose of this legislation is to authorize primary care, limited prescriptions, and care coordination to Idaho’s eligible population with income levels under 100% of the federal poverty guideline who are not eligible for Medicaid, the Advanced Payment of Tax Credit, and not currently eligible or enrolled in an employer sponsored or other government subsidized health care plan. This population has historically sought episodic care through clinics providing low cost or free care, or has not sought care until they are seriously ill, which has resulted in high costs to the state through the county indigent and state catastrophic health programs. This population would also benefit from access to community resources to strengthen their self-reliance. Because of the finite funds available, this program will only cover a limited subgroup of adults and is not comprehensive care. This legislation would improve the quality of health care in Idaho by providing eligible participants with regular preventive primary care and care management for chronic conditions and may reduce the overall demand on emergency rooms and the need for costly hospitalizations. This primary care and care coordination would be provided in a manner that furthers the state’s goal to transform Idaho’s health care system from a volume based, fee-for-service model to a value based system of care through clinics utilizing a care coordination and case management model.

Idaho Association of Counties: Oppose

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Sen. Hagedorn Died Estimated available funds for the newly created Health Care Assistance Program are around $10.5 million in FY 2018 from the Idaho Millennium Fund and Dedicated Cooperative Welfare Fund donations which are anticipated to cover costs.
House Bill 251 – Highways Maintenance 07/01/2017 Counties

The proposed legislation amends Section 40-114 (3), Idaho Code, to amend the definition of the term “Maintenance” to the previous 2013 statutory definition. During the 2013 Legislature, House Bill 321 amended the definition of “Maintenance” to include only examples of maintenance work that would be considered in establishing a highway district’s prescriptive easements. The current definition of the term “Maintenance” is ambiguous as it has been interpreted in creating affirmative obligation of highway districts to do “snow removal, sweeping, litter control, weed abatement and placement or repair of public safety signs.” This was not the Legislature’s intent in the 2013 amendment.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support with amendments

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Rep. Loertscher House - Transportation and Defense None
House Bill 189 – Bond and Levy Elections 07/01/2017 Elections

The purpose of this legislation is prevent public funds, resources and or property from being used to influence the outcome at the ballot box.

Idaho Association of Counties: Oppose

Pending amendments

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Rep. Monks House - State Affairs None
Senate Bill 1103 – School District Trustee Elections 07/01/2017 Districts, Elections

A random review of 22 districts in Idaho’s 2015 School Board Elections, including districts of varying sizes, shows voter turnout of less than 12% in half of the districts, and seven of those districts had turnouts in single digits: 1, 3, 4%, etc. To improve voter participation, this bill takes the following actions: 1. Changes the school board election date from May of odd years, to the General Election in November of even years. 2. Requires the alignment of trustee zones with county voting precincts, to the extent possible, which will help streamline ballot creation and reduce polling place errors. 3. Gives local school boards the option to retain voting by zones or choose district-wide voting.

Idaho Association of Counties: Oppose

IAC’s position to oppose will stand post-amendments

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Sen. Souza Senate - Education Any fiscal impact will be at the county level.
House Bill 154 – Property Tax Notice 07/01/2017 Counties, Property Taxation

The legislation will change the content requirement on property tax notices. Each bond being paid for by taxpayers will be separated out as a single line item with the specific tax shown, and reported for the prior two years as well, so taxpayers can observe the separate tax liability for each bond and its historical amounts.

Idaho Association of Counties: Oppose

Bill held in committee 3/8

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Rep. Nate Senate - Local Government and Taxation Fiscal impact to the General Fund is unknown. Counties will experience further costs.
House Bill 232 – Oil and Gas 07/01/2017 Counties

This bill, The Landowner Bill of Rights, amends Title 47, Chapter 3 relating to oil and gas. It protects private property owners, state endowment lands, and taxpayers by updating Idaho law in accordance with other Rocky Mountain States by improving processes, transparency, and reporting of oil and gas development.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

 

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Rep. Boyle House - Resources and Conservation Senate Bill 1099 is currently pending and the associated trailer bill would provide the additional resources necessary including three new full time positions at the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) in a new Oil and Gas Division, as well as $375,000 ongoing and $3,900 one-time general fund support for personnel costs and associated operating expenses.
House Bill 256 – Invasive Species 07/01/2017 Counties, Environmental

This bill amends the Idaho Invasive Species Act by establishing in the Office of the Governor, an administrator of invasive species policy and codifies the Idaho Invasive Species Council. This legislation sets up the duties of the administrator and the Department of Agriculture and lays out the coordination efforts between state agencies.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support; with amendment to include IAC on board of reps.

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Rep. Gestrin House - Ways and Means This bill will have a fiscal impact to the General Fund of $114,000 per year for personnel costs and $28,700 for operating expenditures. This will have a supplemental appropriation for FY 2017 of $28,700 for personnel costs, $7,200 for operating expenditures, and a onetime capital outlay of $5,000.
Senate Bill 1125 – Courts 07/01/2017 Courts

Idaho Code Section 1-1624 permits the Idaho Supreme Court to seize state tax refunds and credits owing to taxpayers who are delinquent in paying debts owed to the courts. Such debts include fines, court costs, surcharges, penalties, fees, restitution, the cost of indigent defense services and “other charges” (which could include costs of supervision for probationers and parolees) in a criminal or civil case judgment or payment agreement. This legislation amends the statute to require that payment agreements enforced by tax refund seizures (i) be filed with the court and placed in its case file; (ii) be approved by the court; (iii) provide that all payments shall be made to the clerk of the court; and (iv) notify taxpayers of payment due dates, the statute’s tax refund seizure remedy for enforcing payment and the statutory right to object to seizure. The legislation further amends the statute to make clear that those who skip some monthly payments after previously paying ahead, but whose aggregate payments still equal or exceed the total amount of required payments, will no longer be regarded as “delinquent.” The legislation includes other changes to promote consistent and appropriate administration, removes the reference to civil cases as tax refund seizures are apparently not used for them, and makes clarifying and technical changes in terminology.

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

Session Law Chapter 277

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Sen. Burgoyne Law County level costs associated with court approval of payment agreements might increase to some degree, but the amount is unknown and expected to be absorbed within existing budgets. Together with other legislation, any additional workload could eventually lead to increased county court budgets.
Senate Joint Resolution 103 – Crime Victims’ Rights 07/01/2017 Constitutional Amendment

This Joint Resolution proposes an amendment to Section 22, Article I of the Idaho Constitution, relating to the rights of crime victims. It states the question to the electorate, “Shall Section 22, Article I, of the Constitution of the State of Idaho be amended to provide equal rights to victims of crimes including the right to notification of court proceedings, reasonable protection from the accused, and a voice in the criminal justice process?” It directs Legislative Council to prepare statements required by Section 67-453, Idaho Code, and file the same, and directs the Secretary of State to publish the proposed amendment and arguments as required by law.

 

Idaho Association of Counties: In Support

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Sen. Lakey Senate - Passed Undetermined
Senate Bill 1104 – Magistrates 07/01/2017 Counties, Districts

Since the magistrate division of district court began operation in 1971 there has been a requirement that there be at least one resident magistrate judge in each county, except where the board of county commissioners has waived the right to a resident magistrate judge. As Idaho’s population has become more concentrated in our larger counties, this provision has presented challenges to using judicial resources in the most effective manner. Magistrate judges in some of our smaller counties often spend only a portion of one day per week hearing cases in their home county, and spend the rest of the week traveling to other counties to help in handling their increasing caseloads. This bill presents a possible approach to addressing this issue. It would remove the requirement of a resident magistrate judge in every county. It would allow the Supreme Court to move a magistrate judge position from a county having less than 0.4% of the state’s population to a larger county in the same judicial district. Based on the 2010 census, this would impact at most nine counties. The Supreme Court could take such action when a vacancy occurs in the magistrate judge position in the low-population county, or with the consent of the resident magistrate judge in such a county. The action could be taken only after consultation with the district magistrates commission, as well as the boards of county commissioners of both the county from which the position is being moved and the county to which the position is being transferred. The germane committees would review these provisions following each decennial census.

Idaho Association of Counties: Request bill be held in committee

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Senior District Judge Barry Wood Senate - Judiciary and Rules The addition of each new magistrate judge position has a fiscal impact on the general fund of approximately $163,000 per year. This cost may also be avoided by the enactment of this bill.
Senate Bill 1074aa – Public Procurement 07/01/2017 Revenue

This bill modifies and updates the procurement statutes related to political subdivisions. Modifications include changes to dollar threshold amounts for both informal and formal bid processes, a change in the delegation of procurement authority for County Commissioners, and exemption and bonding changes related to some types of public works projects.

 

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

Session Law Chapter 197

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Sen. Hartog Law None
House Bill 156 – Park Model Recreational Vehicles II 07/01/2017 Counties

Current law differentiates between park model recreational vehicles that are 8 1/2 feet wide and those that are wider 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 they are located. PMRVs that are attached to foundations, have attached additions or have been substantially modified could be titled but not licensed or registered.

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Idaho Association of Counties: Neutral

Session Law Chapter 134

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Idaho Housing Alliance Law The Idaho Transportation Department estimates it will cost $20,000 to implement this legislation. There will be no impact to the State Recreational Vehicle Fund. The General Fund will increase.
Senate Bill 1083 – Emergency Communications Officers 07/01/2017 Public Employees

The purpose of this bill is to set up a structure that will allow for the certification of emergency communications officers by the Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Council (POST). Currently, no standardized training or hiring standard is required of these individuals. Emergency communications officers deal daily with life or death matters in a rapidly evolving and highly stressful environment. They must be familiar with highly complex information and work with highly expensive equipment. They are the lifeline for our first responders and citizenry. The bill gives ample time for compliance with the training, and most current officers will not be required to obtain training as they already will be in compliance with the training or have experience that mirrors the training. The training may be obtained online or through a POST basic dispatch academy.

 

Idaho Association of Counties: Support

Session Law Chapter 181

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Idaho Sheriffs Association - Michael Kane Law Administrative costs for first three years is covered by an Idaho Public Utilities grant, after three years the cost will be covered by pre-approved 911 fees.
House Bill 114 – Park Model Recreational Vehicles 07/01/2017 Motor Vehicle, Property, 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: Oppose

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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: Neutral

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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 – New Construction Roll Elimination 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: Oppose

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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 Increase 07/01/2017 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.

 

Idaho Association of Counties: Neutral

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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, 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 – Foregone Balance Elimination 07/01/2017 Districts, 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: Oppose

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Rep. Moyle and Rep. Harris House - Revenue and Taxation No fiscal impact to local taxing districts unless they choose to forfeit a portion of their forgone amount.
House Bill 174 – Record Retention 07/01/2017 Public Records

The current classification predicated on a system of mainly paper files as provided in Idaho Code 31-871 requires counties to retain digital files of video and audio recordings for a minimum of two years as they, by default are considered temporary records. Given the size and volume of media files, plus the hard costs of management and storage, counties are currently unable to retain digital recordings for the minimum requirement of two years. This legislation will add language to define digital recordings and set a minimum retention requirement for specified media files based upon the evidentiary value of the media. These amendments will encourage counties to invest in digital recording devices by making the retention of county law enforcement records more achievable under county budgets.

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.

Idaho Association of Counties: Priority

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IAC - Teresa Baker House - Judiciary, Rules & Administration None
Senate Bill 1084 – Irrigation Recording Fees 07/01/2017 Public Funds

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).

Idaho Association of Counties: Priority

Session Law Chapter 98

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IAC Law 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 Public Employee

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.

Idaho Association of Counties: Priority

Session Law Chapter 272

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IAC; Sen. Lakey Law None
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 - Teresa Baker House - Held in committee Will increase costs by 0.34% across 44 counties.
Idaho Code §34-1012- Early Voting 07/01/2017 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
  • Allows absentee voters to deposit their ballot directly into a ballot box
  • Reduces the use of “ballet envelopes”

Idaho Association of Counties: Priority

This resolution is currently tabled.

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IAC & Rep. Hagadorn Resolution Will reduce election costs
Idaho Code §1-2218 – Magistrate Court 07/01/2017 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.

Idaho Association of Counties: Priority

Resolution drafted

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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 Conservation 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.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

Session Law Chapter 121

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Department of Lands; Rep. Gibbs Law 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.
Senate Bill 1085 – Open Meetings 07/01/2017 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. This Legislation would require the Board of County Commissioners to adhere to the Open Meeting Law.

Idaho Association of Counties: Priority

Session Law Chapter 99

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IAC Kelli Brassfield & Sen. Siddoway Law 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
Senate Bill 1080 – Missed Property Roll 07/01/2017 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.

This legislation amends Idaho Code § 63-811to remove language specifying the date after which a county auditor must deliver a missed property roll to the tax collector. Current statute requires delivery after the first Monday of March in the following year. Removing this requirement will allow taxpayers to receive their tax notice sooner.

Idaho Association of Counties: Priority

Session Law Chapter 96

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IAC - Kelli Brassfield Law 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.”

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

Session Law Chapter 14

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Tax Commission Law 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.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Secretary of State Law 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: Support

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Secretary of State Chief Deputy Senate - Chief Clerk None
Senate Bill 1017 – Fire Districts 07/01/2017 Elections

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.

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

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Sen. Johnson Senate - General Orders 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

Session Law Chapter 163

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Department of Juvenile Corrections Law 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 Public Records

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.

 

Idaho Association of Counties: No Position

Session Law Chapter 70

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State Board of Education Law If any community college chooses to offer upper division courses and receives approval from the State Board of Education, then existing statutory language authorizes the boards of trustees the use of levy funds for facilities within certain statutory limits and authorizes the boards of trustees to assess necessary tuition and fees for those courses.
House Bill 68 – Personal Property Tax 07/01/2017 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.

Compare to H117

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 $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.

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House - Revenue and Taxation None