January 5, 2017

2017 Idaho Freedom Index

2017 Freedom Index bill ratings

Senate Bill 1206

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would approve authority for $300 million in Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle, or GARVEE, bonds and establish a new Capacity, Safety, and Congestion Mitigation Program, providing funding from a distribution of sales [...]

House Bill 301

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would change oil and gas regulations for producers, landowners, and distributors. Rating: +2 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the [...]

Senate Bill 1188

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would approve authority for $300 million in Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle, or GARVEE, bonds and establish a new Capacity, Safety, and Congestion Mitigation Program. Rating: -1 Analyst’s Note: This bill would [...]

Senate Bill 1191

By | March 21st, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill amends numerous aspects of the regulation process for dietitians in the Idaho Code. Rating: -1 Analyst’s Note: This bill is a revised version of House Bill 129 from earlier this session. [...]

Senate Bill 1142

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: Creates a health care program for people who don’t qualify for existing government programs. Rating: -4 Analyst’s note: This is the latest of several proposals intended to provide health care coverage to people [...]

Senate Bill 1162

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: Provides $300 million in debt financing for roads Rating: -1 Analyst’s note: Senate Bill 1162 would authorize the Idaho Transportation Department to borrow $300 million for new highway projects in anticipation of federal [...]

Senate Bill 1183

By | March 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would insulate all individuals who allow firearms on their property from lawsuits. Rating: +1 Does it violate the spirit or the letter of either the US Constitution or the Idaho Constitution? [...]

House Bill 293

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would increase the fee for a veterinary license from $175 to $260 for a single year. Rating: -1 Analyst’s Note: This bill is similar to House Bill 229 from earlier this [...]

House Bill 291

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill defines law enforcement media recordings and requires they be retained for a fixed period of time before they are disposed of by law enforcement. Rating: +1 Analyst’s Note: This bill is [...]

House Bill 283

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill keeps local governments from double-dipping on new construction. Rating: +1 Analyst’s note: Under Idaho law, the amount a local taxing district can increase its property tax collections in aggregate is limited [...]

House Bill 271

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would establish a loan forgiveness program for educators in rural school districts. Rating: -1 Does it increase government redistribution of wealth? Examples include the use of tax policy or other incentives [...]

House Bill 273

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would require all agencies established by executive order of the governor to abide by the Idaho Open Meeting Law. Rating: +1 Does it in any way restrict public access to information [...]

Senate Bill 1144

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would exempt businesses which present theatrical and artistic performances from Idaho Code regulations on the sale of alcohol in conjunction with sexually oriented entertainment. Rating:+1 Analyst’s Note: This bill is a [...]

House Bill 279

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill amends the requirements and regulations for charter school applications Rating: +2 Does it increase barriers to entry into the market? Examples include occupational licensure, the minimum wage, and restrictions on home [...]

Senate Bill 1077

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: Senate Bill 1077 amends the Idaho regulations that concern Vehicle Insurance Contracts and regulates companies that provide vehicle-theft protection services. Rating: -3 Analyst’s note: This bill has two primary sections that deal with [...]

House Bill 274

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would create a new administrator position and a new Invasive Species Policy Council. Rating: +2 Analyst’s Note: This bill is a revised version of House bill 256 from earlier this legislative [...]

House Bill 263

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would offer income tax credits to those who donate to medical residency placement organizations. Analyst’s note: The Idaho Legislature tends to favor organizations that lobby, independently or with a lobbyist, for [...]

Senate Bill 1139

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would allow for employees other than the hospital director to admit patients. Rating: +1 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in [...]

Senate Bill 1140

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would create a quicker method for paraprofessionals to receive their teaching certification. Rating: +1 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in [...]

House Bill 270

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill prohibits public funds from being used to interfere with or influence an election. Rating: +2 Analyst’s Note: This bill is a revised version of House bill 189 from earlier this legislative [...]

Senate Bill 1118

By | March 9th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would allow individuals to keep animals killed after their wild game kill permits are issued. Rating: +1 Does it transfer a function of the private sector to the government? Examples include [...]

Senate Bill 1125

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would make courts more accountable for how they assess court fees and delinquent debts. Rating: +1 Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or [...]

House Bill 232

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would change oil and gas regulations for producers, landowners, and distributors. Rating: -3 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the [...]

House Bill 256

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would create a new administrator position and a new Invasive Species Policy Council. Rating: +2 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, [...]

House Bill 235

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would lower the threshold for property tax exemptions and would provide a higher level of uniformity across counties. Rating: +1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, [...]

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