The interim committees recently confirmed by the Idaho Legislative Council were recently released. Here are the committees to watch over the next six months leading into the 2021 legislative session.
According to the Idaho Legislature’s website, the 2020 Federalism Subcommittee on Federal Lands plans to monitor and review federal acts, laws, and regulations that may impact the jurisdiction, governance, and sovereignty of the state of Idaho. This will include evaluating whether these acts, laws, and regulations are authorized by the U.S. Constitution or are violating the principles of federalism.
A Federalism Subcommittee on Health & Welfare was also created. It is possible that discussions during this committee could focus at least in part on Medicaid Expansion.
The Criminal Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee that was authorized in 2019 will also continue. This committee is co-chaired by the chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary and Rules committees.
The Natural Resources Interim Committee has been reauthorized to continue from 2019. The planned scope of this committee is to undertake studies of natural resource issues, particularly the water resources in the state.
A new committee called the Study of Intrastate Commercial Air Service in the State of Idaho was originally created during the 2020 legislative session to address issues occurring at the Lewiston Airport. However, due to the unforeseen fallout of COVID-19, the Legislative Council shared that the scope of this committee has altered. It will now focus on Commercial Air Service across the state. The committee only has co-chairs appointed. It will then be up to the co-chairs to appoint the other members of their committee. The additional members will likely come from the private sector, though it’s possible they will consider members from the public sector as well.
Finally, we have the Property Taxes and Revenue Expenditures committee. This committee is dedicated to studying the current property tax system in Idaho, including expenditures of property tax revenues. This committee’s goal is to provide a recommendation addressing property tax relief for Idahoans, encouraging economic development, and meeting the needs of local units of government.
IAC will keep a close eye on all of the above-mentioned committees through-out the summer and fall to ensure we are fully prepared and informed.