Primary Election Results in Senate Leadership Shakeup

The Idaho Primary Election on Tuesday was marked by numerous legislative match-ups decided by narrow margins. This year, more Republican and Democratic incumbents faced challengers than in the past, resulting in a significant shift. Sixteen incumbents were unseated, including some who had won against past House and Senate members in prior elections. These challengers, many …

IAC Publishes 2024 Legislative Review

  The 2024 Idaho Legislative Session concluded with a flurry of activity, leaving a mark as one of the most notable sessions in recent history. The Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) Legislative Committee, under the steadfast leadership of Chair Twin Falls County Commissioner Don Hall and Vice-Chair Ada County Commissioner Tom Dayley, convened 12 times, …

IAC Releases 2025 Templates for Proposed Legislative and Policy Resolutions

While the 2024 Idaho Legislative Session may have just wrapped, it is time to consider policy changes needed in 2025. This year, the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) is providing two separate templates for proposed resolutions: the 2025 Proposed Legislative Resolution template and the new 2025 Proposed Policy Resolution template.  Why Have Two Templates? To …

IAC District 5 Tours International Machinery Manufacturing Facility During Meeting

County officials and legislators from across Southeastern Idaho gathered in Bingham County on Thursday, April 18, to discuss the 2024 legislative session and how to lead with emotional intelligence. Bingham County Commissioner Eric Jackson arranged for the group to meet at Spudnik Equipment in Blackfoot, Idaho, for a private tour. Spudnik, a local agricultural equipment …

Three IAC District Meetings Scheduled This April

IAC District Meetings serve as a great resource to Idaho’s county officials. Attendees can gather ideas regarding best practices, receive updates on regional, state, and federal issues, and strengthen relationships through networking. All county elected officials are encouraged to attend their districts’ respective meetings to help them stay actively engaged and up-to-date on the latest …

IAC Priorities Need Member Engagement to Push Across the Finish Line

IAC still has priorities pending in the legislature. We need significant engagement from our members to get these bills over the finish line. Essential, Sustainable EMS System Senate Bill 1416, which would help create a more sustainable EMS system, passed the Senate last week on a 26-9 vote. We expected the bill to be routed …

Outreach and Engagement Needed on Two IAC Legislative Priorities 

While many things are beginning to wind down in the legislature, this week is an important week for IAC. We hope to see positive movement on two of the Idaho Association of Counties’ (IAC) legislative priorities, Area of Impact and EMS Sustainability.  The Area of Impact legislation (Senate Bill 1403) will likely be heard in …

Updates on Bills Monitored by IAC – Week of March 4, 2024

This morning, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee heard House Bill 625, which would shift the burden of proof from the property owner to the county assessor during Board of Equalizations (BOE) assessment hearings. Hollie Ann Strang (Gem County Assessor), Brian Stender (Canyon County Assessor), Josh Dison (Elmore County Assessor), and Justin Baldwin (Gooding County …

IAC Opposes House Bill 517: We Need Your Help

Yesterday, on a 10-6 vote, the House Judiciary and Rules Committee voted to send House Bill 517 to the floor with a “do pass” recommendation. While the bill is meant to address the free exercise of religion and freedom of speech, constitutionally protected rights that IAC members cherish, there are problems with the mechanics of …

IAC Priority Introduced & Fixes to H292 Proposed

New bill introductions were flying fast and furious this past week. Included in the flurry was an IAC priority, House Bill 530, which, if passed, would allow the Board of County Commissioners to increase the e911 fee up to $3.00. Representative Dustin Manwaring is the sponsor of this bill. Our goal is to get a …