January 5, 2017

2017 Idaho Freedom Index

2017 Freedom Index bill ratings

House Bill 233

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

Bill Description: This bill would deny the public access to many of the communications of their legislators. Rating: -3 Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise [...]

House Bill 229

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

Bill Description: This bill would increase the fee for a veterinary license from $175 to $260. Rating: -1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Conversely, does it [...]

House Bill 223

By | March 6th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill would establish new Rural Education Support Networks, to encourage workforce development and help attain educational goals. Rating: -2 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity [...]

House Bill 217

By | March 3rd, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill would give businesses who bring in data centers a rebate on the taxes they pay. Rating: -2 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? [...]

House Bill 220

By | March 3rd, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would put cosmetologists without licenses back to work before House Bill 139 takes effect. Rating: +1 Does it increase barriers to entry into the market? Examples include occupational licensure, the minimum [...]

House Bill 214

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would allow a tax deduction for contributors to Volunteers Against Violence. Rating: 0 Does it violate the principle of equal protection under the law? Examples include laws which discriminate or differentiate [...]

Senate Bill 1103

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill calls for school trustee elections to be held on the same date as general elections. Rating: +1 Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity [...]

Senate Bill 1114

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would exempt businesses wishing to present theatrical and artistic performances from Idaho Code regulations on the sale of alcohol in conjunction with sexually oriented entertainment. Rating:+1 Does it give government any [...]

House Bill 222

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This legislation gives the Department of Health and Welfare legal authority to build a public secure treatment facility. Rating: -1 Analyst’s Note: This is a revised version of House Bill 212  from earlier [...]

Senate Bill 1117

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would allow the director of the Department of Insurance to extend the grace period for a self-funded insurance plan to reach surplus requirements. Rating: +1 Does it give government any new, [...]

House Bill 213

By | March 1st, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill allows the Department of Health and Welfare to define and regulate a “family support partner” and a “peer support specialist.” Rating:-3 Analyst’s Note: This bill is an amended version of House [...]

House Bill 204

By | March 1st, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would allow for the development of delivery robots to bring groceries, pizzas, or other products to your door. Rating: +1 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to [...]

House Bill 211

By | March 1st, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings, 2017 Idaho Freedom Index ratings|

Bill Description: This bill would raise the fee for invasive species stickers for vessels not registered in the State of Idaho. Rating: -1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or [...]

Senate Bill 1106

By | March 1st, 2017|Categories: 2017 Idaho Freedom Index ratings, 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill raises the minimum age to use or buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Rating: -2 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate [...]

Senate Bill 1107

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill Description: This bill raises the cap on charges for skills tests by commercial driver schools. Rating: 0 Analyst’s Note: This bill is an amended version of S 1073 from earlier this legislative session. The [...]

House Bill 191

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill would allow pharmacists to prescribe minor drugs if approved by the State Board of Pharmacy. Rating: +1 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or [...]

House Bill 187

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This legislation gives the Department of Health and Welfare legal authority to build a public secure treatment facility. Rating: -1 Analyst’s Note: This bill adds a declaration of emergency to House Bill 44 [...]

House Bill 174

By | February 28th, 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 Does it in any way [...]

House Bill 202

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill amends the procedures for seizure of civil assets by law enforcement. Rating: +5 Analyst’s Note: This bill was amended March 16 in the Senate. These amendments made minor changes in the [...]

Senate Bill 1096

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

Bill description: This bill would increase the portion of healthcare coverage school districts pay for their employees. Rating: -1 Analyst note: The state provides healthcare funding for public school districts with a formula based on [...]

House Bill 207

By | February 27th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: Local government officials could stop massive property tax increases by preventing the accumulation of “foregone balances.” Rating: +2 Analyst note: This bill is an amended version of House Bill 103 from earlier this [...]

House Bill 206

By | February 27th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill would exempt precious metal sales from the capital gains tax. Rating: +1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Conversely, does it eliminate or [...]

House Bill 180

By | February 27th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill keeps the Department of Finance out of the debt collection business under Idaho law. Rating: +1 Analyst’s note: In 2014, the  Idaho Supreme Court ruled state law prevents debt collection agencies [...]

House Bill 169

By | February 24th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill would prevent other states from requiring Idaho to reintroduce species without legislative approval. Rating: +1 Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise [...]

House Bill 164

By | February 24th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill would allow the Department of Labor to do background checks on job applicants, interns and potential vendors. Rating: -1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or [...]

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