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 the bill. We encourage our members to contact your state representatives to express concerns regarding House Bill 517. One of the arguments the bill sponsors make…

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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 facilities, the bill also includes sections that will benefit counties. Among the benefits to counties are: – House Bill 521 provides an additional $3 million in…

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Idaho’s County Members Visit Washington, D.C., for 2024 NACo Legislative Conference

By Kathy Ackerman, Idaho County Clerk and NACo Board Member Idaho was well represented at the 2024 National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference held in Washington, D.C., February 10-13. The conference was attended by Kathy Ackerman (Idaho County), Skip Brandt (Idaho County), Denis Duman (Idaho County), Vic Pearson (Franklin County), Jeff Hough (Bannock County), Sherry Maupin (Valley County), Rod Beck (Ada County), Cindy Riegel (Teton County), Tom Lamar (Latah County), Carol Moehrle (Nez Perce County), and Sara Westbrook and Seth…

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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 H0530 Emergency Communications Fee. There was also a focus on IAC Policies which touched on H0406 Fentanyl Mandatory Minimums and County Travel & Convention Tax. The…

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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 full hearing for the bill by next week. Please reach out to the House Local Government Committee to express your support for House Bill 530. Another…

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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 event of the year, and this was the first time hosting it at the Boise Centre,” said Seth Grigg, IAC’s executive director. We are so pleased…

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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 your county. As the session progresses, it will also be important for you to find ways to remain in contact with your legislators to ensure they…

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Access Idaho (Tyler Technologies) Upcoming Contract Changes

By Chase Carlisle, ITS Enterprise Architect   The State of Idaho’s decades-long contract with Access Idaho (Tyler Technologies) will be changing in the coming weeks. Who is impacted: – Any entity/office using Tyler Technologies (fka Access Idaho) payment services, website support/maintenance, and other services. Here’s what’s changing: – Credit card fees will be reduced from 3% to 2.5% – Tyler Technologies will still be a contract option for credit card processing and other services. – PayIt is now an additional contract option…

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Idaho State Association of County Coroners Meets for 2024 Midwinter Conference

The Idaho State Association of County Coroners (ISACC) met at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho, for their 2024 Midwinter Conference February 1-2. The first day of the conference kicked off with welcome and introductions from Pamela Garlock, ISACC President and Boise County Coroner. Attendees then received training from subject matter experts on psychological autopsies, human versus animal bone identification, documenting and defending results and conclusions, and an introduction to Idaho violent death reporting system data. Presenters included Brett Harding, Chief…

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IAC Welcomes New Communications Specialist and Policy Intern

IAC is pleased to welcome its two newest employees to the team: Gracee Gorrell and Chase Christensen. Gracee joins IAC as a full-time Communications and Events Specialist – a new role created to support the organization’s robust outreach and event-planning efforts. Grace is a recent graduate of Boise State University (BSU) who earned her bachelor’s degree in Integrated Media and Strategic Communications. Chase comes to IAC as its Policy Intern for Idaho’s 2024 Legislative Session. Chase is currently enrolled in the…

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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. This should allow for more convenient access to legislative committee meetings, connecting with your legislators, and networking with fellow county officials. As you prepare to come…

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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 of the state capitol building. Key Presentation Topics – System Delivery: The Idaho EMS Sustainability Task Force will discuss the organization and delivery of emergency medical…

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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 to state or federal lands (S1217) have been introduced. Please be sure to check the IAC Bill Tracker to stay up to date on the latest…

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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. Area of Impact Agreements: The IAC endorses amendments to the Local Land Use Planning Act to enhance the effectiveness of Area of Impact Agreements, ensuring prudent…

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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 our local and state system. Transportation projects are needs, not merely wants.” The governor is advocating for additional transportation funding that will continue to benefit counties,…

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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 Legislative Guide which will be made available at our upcoming Midwinter Legislative Conference. Additionally, IAC plans on continuing our weekly Monday Legislative Bulletin eNewsletter and Friday…

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2024 Elections Conference Recap

The Secretary of State’s office and the Idaho Association of County Recorders and Clerks (IACRC) enjoyed election training at the Riverside Hotel from January 3-5, 2024. The conference covered the latest election trends, information, technologies, and hands-on training with elections software. Secretary of State Phil McGrane kicked off the meeting by announcing a proclamation from Governor Brad Little, officially declaring January 3rd, 2024, as Elections Administrator Day.  The proclamation said, “The State of Idaho recognizes the critical role that election officials…

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2023 ISA & IJAA Annual Conference Recap

By Chris Goetz, ISA Immediate Past President & Clearwater County Sheriff The Idaho Sheriffs’ Association (ISA) and the Idaho Jail Administrators Association (IJAA) had a full agenda at their 2023 Annual Conference held in Boise December 11-14. The conference kicked off with a Board of Directors meeting and welcome reception on Monday night and got right into training and presentations on Tuesday morning. Tuesday’s topics included Election Security, Employment Practices Liability, and Transparent Communications During a Crisis. Wednesday provided a full…

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Idaho Association of County Assessors Holds 2023 Fall Meeting

By Justin Baldwin, Gooding County Assessor The Idaho Association of County Assessors (IACA) met in Boise on December 5, 2023 for their annual fall meeting. While not directly involved in the collection of taxes, much of the discussion of the assessors revolved around the difficulty of the recent tax drive and how this was exacerbated by the variety and limitations of local government software systems. There are several contributing factors. House Bill 292, while providing property tax relief, was difficult to…

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Idaho County Officials Travel to Minnesota for NACo Board Meeting

By Kathy Ackerman, Idaho County Clerk The National Association of Counties (NACo) Board of Directors meeting was held November 30 through December 2 in Ramsey County, St. Paul, Minnesota—the home of NACo President Mary Jo McGuire. The Idaho attendees were Carol Moehrle, North Central Public Health/National Association of County and City Health Officials; Vic Pearson, Franklin County Prosecutor/IAC President; and Kathy Ackerman, Idaho County Clerk/IAC’s NACo Board Representative. The two and a half day meeting included an offsite tour of 3M’s…

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