January 5, 2017

2017 Idaho Freedom Index

2017 Freedom Index bill ratings

House Bill 130

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill would update the reporting requirements for city treasurers. Rating: +1 Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise compromise government transparency or accountability? [...]

Senate Bill 1063

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

Bill description: This bill removes the state’s exemption from paying irrigation fees on land it owns for any benefits it might receive. Rating: +1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, [...]

Senate Bill 1102

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

Bill description: This bill would prevent the federal government from holding unused stock water rights, to the detriment of Idahoans. Rating: +1 Does it violate the principles of federalism by increasing federal authority, yielding to [...]

Senate Bill 1098

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

Bill description: This bill would require oil and gas producers submit monthly forms to the State Tax Commision. Rating: -1 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate [...]

Senate Bill 1082

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

Bill description: This bill would create a new program to provide community care services to adults. Rating: -5 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does [...]

Senate Bill 1099

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

Bill description: This bill would create a new Oil and Gas Division in the Department of Lands. Rating: -1 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Responsibilities [...]

Senate Bill 1101

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

Bill description: This bill sets a limit on the fee that can be charged for domestic or stock watering rights. Rating: +1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other [...]

House Bill 189

By | February 17th, 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 near replica of House Bill 134 from earlier this legislative [...]

House Bill 119

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

Bill description: This legislation allows the Idaho State Board of Real Estate Appraisers to collect any fees from its licensees required for federally-related transactions. Analyst’s note: In 2016, the Legislature passed a law that regulated [...]

House Bill 151

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

Bill description: House Bill 151 specifies that sled-dog races are permissible under the current legislation that prohibits dog racing. Rating: +1 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or [...]

Senate Bill 1071

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: Senate Bill 1071 creates an exception from the license plate visibility law for trailers, bicycle racks, and other features that might block the readability of a vehicle’s rear license plate. Rating: +1 Does [...]

Senate Bill 1072

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: Senate Bill 1072 establishes inspections of diesel vehicles to determine if they are using tax-exempt dyed fuel. Rating: -2 Analyst’s Note: Federal and Idaho law allow drivers in certain cases to use tax-exempt [...]

Senate Bill 1077

By | February 16th, 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: -5 Analyst’s note: This bill has two primary sections that deal with [...]

Senate Bill 1067

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: Senate Bill 1067 allows counties to provide an exemption to owner-builders from following portions of the uniform Idaho Building Code. Rating: +1 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to [...]

House Bill 145

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

Bill description: House Bill 145 would prevent additional private non-governmental organizations from joining the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho. Rating: +1 Analyst note: Under existing statutes, non-governmental entities are allowed to join the state [...]

House Bill 143

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

Bill description: This bill would amend the procedures for cooperative purchases, allowing state agencies to enter into agreements with other agencies in order to save on costs. Rating: +1 Does it increase government spending (for [...]

House Bill 128

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

Bill description: This bill would allow the state Medicaid program to make value-based payment arrangements intended to reduce health care costs. The bill also allows the state to pursue Medicaid waivers with the federal government. [...]

Senate Bill 1076

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill will help protect government employees from punishment for reporting government misdeeds. Rating: +1 Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise compromise government [...]

Senate Bill 1087

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: Increases from 5 percent to 45 percent the amount the Racing Commission receives from the horse racing industry’s Advance Deposit Wagering Funds. Rating: -1 Analyst’s Note: Idaho policies have directly contributed to the [...]

Senate Bill 1046

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill requires that all state employees be given the option of choosing a high deductible health plan paired with Health Savings Accounts. Rating: 0 Analyst’s note: The current state healthcare system offers [...]

House Bill 154

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

Bill description: This bill would require all relevant bonds be itemized on property tax notices. Rating: +1 Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise compromise government [...]

House Bill 165

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

Bill description: This bill would make it a misdemeanor for unlicensed engineers, land surveyors or their employers to advertise professional experience. Rating: -1 Analyst’s note: This bill near replicates House Bill 84 from earlier this [...]

Senate Bill 1065

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill prohibits the government from increasing its percentage of land ownership in the state. Rating: +2 Analyst’s note:  The proposed Section 67-8401(1) says: “The federal government administers approximately sixty-three percent (63%) of [...]

House Bill 106

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

Bill description: This bill places regulation of Children’s Residential Schools under the permanent authority of the Department of Health and Welfare. Rating: -2 Analyst’s note: Idaho Code 39-1202(27) describes a Children’s Residential School as a [...]

House Bill 139

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

Bill description: This bill combines occupational licensure boards and reduces some of the regulations for cosmetologists. Rating: +4 Analyst note: This bill repeals Chapters 5, barber and 8, cosmetology licensure, combining the two in a [...]

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