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 …

IAC District 1 Meeting Recap – April 2024

By: Benjamin Allen, Shoshone County Prosecuting Attorney, IAC District 1 Chairman The IAC District 1 meeting was held April 12th in Coeur d’Alene, with elected officials from all five northern counties participating. The legislative committee chair, Luke Omodt, commended IAC for its proactiveness during the legislative session, and IAC Executive Director Seth Grigg recapped a …

IAC District 3 Meeting Recap – April 2024

The IAC District 3 meeting was held in Adams County on April 10th, 2024. The meeting offered a place for District 3 affiliates to discuss county issues and solutions. Payette County Sheriff Andy Creech called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and roll call. Sara Westbrook, IAC’s Director of Government Affairs, presented …

From the Executive Director – Week of April 8, 2024

The Idaho Legislature recessed for five legislative days on Thursday, April 4th after passing a key appropriation bill for the Idaho Department of Transportation. The Legislature will return to Boise on Wednesday, April 10th to wrap up its work for the year and adjourn sine die. Passage of House Bill 770 ensures that counties and …

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 …

From the Executive Director – Week of April 1, 2024

As the 2024 Legislative Session likely wraps up this week, a key appropriation bill funding state and local highways is still pending. House Bill 723 has thus far failed to advance through the Legislature. The appropriation bill narrowly passed the House on March 20th on a 35-34-1 vote. It subsequently failed on the Senate Floor …

Hidden Gems: Celebrate National County Government Month this April

Help us celebrate National County Government Month by showcasing your county’s hidden gems all month long!   National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. We invite you to take this opportunity to promote the important programs and services your county offers. You can use social media platforms …

From the Executive Director – Week of March 25, 2024

Late Action on IAC Legislative Priorities Early this morning, Senate Bill 1403, modernizing Idaho’s area of city impact law, passed the House on a 69-1 vote. The bill previously passed the Senate and now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Senate Bill 1403 was adopted by the IAC membership in September as one …

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 …