House Bill 521 Advances to House Floor

House Bill 521 was sent to the floor this morning with a “do pass” recommendation. It will likely be voted on by the full House of Representatives later this week. It is an important bill for counties. While the bill itself is a tax relief bill that provides new and increased state funding for school …

IAC Legislative Committee Meets in Person this Valentine’s Day

The IAC Legislative Committee met on February 14th in downtown Boise. Those who could not attend in person joined virtually.  The meeting started off by approving February 7th minutes and was followed by an overview of IAC Priorities including: IGA-05 Hospital Property Tax Exemption, IGA-07 Area of Impact Agreements, JPS-02 Essential Emergency Medical Services, and …

IAC’s Premier Event Unites County Officials and State Legislators

By Jessica Roth and Gracee Gorrell, IAC’s Communications Team The Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) hosted its 2024 Midwinter Legislative Conference at the Boise Centre from January 29th to February 1st. The conference united county elected officials and county staff, local government entities, state employees, and Idaho’s legislators. “The Midwinter Legislative Conference is IAC’s biggest …

From the Executive Director – Week of February 5, 2024

I want to thank everyone for attending IAC’s Midwinter Legislative Conference. While there wasn’t a lot of activity at the Capitol, there was plenty to discuss with your legislators. I hope each of you had the opportunity to meet with your legislators while you were in town to discuss the legislative issues most important to …

From the Executive Director – Week of January 22, 2024

We are one week out from IAC’s largest annual event: the IAC Midwinter Legislative Conference. The timing of the conference is perfect this year, as things begin to heat up in the Statehouse. We’re also holding the conference downtown at the Boise Center for the first time; an easy four blocks from the Idaho Capitol. …

Idaho EMS Sustainability Task Force to Present EMS Basics at the Capitol

Today, Idaho EMS Sustainability Task Force members will present EMS 101 at the Capitol. The presentation will provide insights into the world of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) sustainability in the state of Idaho. The presentation is scheduled for today from 3:30-4:30 pm MST / 2:30-3:30 pm PST in the Lincoln Auditorium on the Garden Level …

From the Executive Director – Week of January 15, 2024

With the first week of the 2024 Legislative Session in the books, expect bill introductions to pick up over the next couple of weeks. While significant legislation impacting counties has yet to be introduced, bills regarding investigations of county officials (H0390), limiting public health district authority (H0392), and limitations on vacating public roads providing access …

IAC Advocating for Five 2024 Legislative Priorities

As the 2024 Idaho Legislative Session gets into full swing, we want to remind our IAC members about the legislative priorities set for the year. Hospital Property Tax Exemption: The IAC supports reinstating the board of county commissioner’s annual hospital property tax exemption review process and adding a charitable requirement back into the exemption qualifications. …

Summary of Gov. Little’s State of the State Address 2024

Governor Little Launches Idaho Works Initiative: Highlights Infrastructure Funding, Fiscal Conservatism in State of the State. In recent years, Governor Little and the Legislature have championed investments in infrastructure without raising taxes or fees. This year is no different.   Governor Little said, “I’m here to attest to the historic investment the Legislature has provided for …

From the Executive Director – Week of January 08, 2024

As the 2024 Legislative Session kicks off in Boise under a blanket of much needed snow, there is plenty to monitor. To help the members stay on top of everything in Boise, IAC is rolling out a new bill tracker and legislative alert tool (member notification) powered by FastDemocracy as well as an updated IAC …