From the Executive Director: Week of February 27, 2023

Compromise Reached on Public Defense Legislation Late last week, stakeholders reached a tentative compromise on legislation establishing a new public defense delivery model effective October 1, 2024. Under the framework, counties will be relieved of all obligations to provide public defense. Those counties that currently contract for public defense, will continue to have contract public …

2023 IAC Midwinter Legislative Conference Recap

The Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) hosted its 2023 Midwinter Legislative Conference at the Riverside Hotel in Boise from January 30 – February 2. The four-day conference brought Idaho’s county elected officials, county staff, affiliate agencies, and IAC Corporate Partners like Blue Cross of Idaho, Western States Cat, Enterprise Fleet Management, and more together for …

What to Watch: Week of February 20, 2023

Today, House Bill 85 (DMV Title Admin Fees an IAC Priority) will be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee at 1:30 pm. You can watch the proceedings by clicking this link. We encourage IAC members to please reach out to your Senators to encourage them to support House Bill 85 when it comes to the …

From the Executive Director: Week of February 20, 2023

  Halfway into the Session, Still No Consensus on Property Tax Relief As the Legislature approaches the halfway mark of the 2023 Legislative Session, there still isn’t consensus on property tax relief legislation. Both the House and Senate have been working seemingly nonstop since the session began to find a fix to rising residential property …

What to Watch: Week of February 13, 2023

Monday was the deadline for bills to be introduced in Idaho’s Legislature, so we should see things slow down a bit regarding new bill introductory hearings. IAC is currently tracking around 70 bills, and information about them can be found on the IAC Bill Tracker. The tracker is an excellent resource for members to understand …

From the Executive Director: Week of February 13, 2023

Bill Introduction Deadline in Rearview Mirror As we enter week six of the 2023 Legislative Session, the legislature is slowly picking up the pace of bill introductions. Friday marked the last day of bill introductions for non-privileged committees. With the passing of the bill introduction deadline, I researched bill introductions through the first five weeks …

What to Watch: Week of February 6, 2023

Last week, three IAC policies (S1034 on Court fee deadlines; S1035 Court fees, change of venues; and S1041 on County Treasurer Investments) and two IAC priorities (H0070 revisions to CAT fund repeal and H0085 DMV title administration fees) were introduced in the House or Senate. This week, we expect to see movement on these bills and a newly introduced resolution (SCR101 Emergency medical services, …

From the Executive Director: Week of February 6, 2023

I’d like to start by thanking all of Idaho’s county elected officials and county staff who attended last week’s IAC Midwinter Legislative Conference. Turnout from the membership was strong making for a successful event. I hope each of you had an opportunity to tour the Capitol, sit in on committee meetings, and meet with your …

What to Watch: Week of January 30, 2023

This week will be busy in the statehouse as we gather for IAC’s Midwinter Legislative Conference. The wheels of government in the Legislature are beginning to turn, so we should see multiple IAC policies along with two IAC priorities receive introductory hearings before the week is over. Legislative committees use introductory hearings to determine whether …

From the Executive Director: Week of January 23, 2023

Property Taxes, Property Taxes, Property Taxes Everyone in the Capitol is talking about property taxes, leading to a sense of urgency to finally address rising property taxes. While in previous years budget caps have been the primary means of attempting to control rising property taxes, legislators this year appear to be focusing on more targeted …