House Bill 497 — Yellow Dot Program

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Analysts: Janae Wilkerson and Lindsay Atkinson Bill description: HB 497 launches a state-run Yellow Dot Program. Rating: -3 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government? HB 497 directs the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to create and advertise a …

Utah debacle shows grocery tax’s unpopularity

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By Bryan Smith | Idaho Freedom Foundation Board Member Utah legislators recently learned an important lesson: People don’t like tax hikes on their milk, cheese, bacon and butter. Idaho lawmakers should learn from Utah’s experience. I fear they won’t. Allow me to recap the story. Late last year, Utah Republicans built a tax reform proposal they said would be good …

Senate Bill 1338 — Public records exemption

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Analysts: Wayne Hoffman and Lindsay Atkinson Analyst’s Note: Amendments made to SB 1338 have eliminated the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s concerns with the bill. In our original rating we were worried that the bill would restrict access to information about the public’s interactions with state and local government agencies, including planning and zoning documents, tax appeals and exemptions, enforcement actions, memos …

House Bill 485 — Nurse student loan repayment program

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Analysts: Lindsay Atkinson and Wayne Hoffman Bill description: HB 485 would set up a taxpayer-funded loan repayment program for nurses employed at Idaho state veterans homes. Rating: -4 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government?  This bill would create a …

House Bill 467 — Warrantless arrests

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Analysts: Lindsay Atkinson and Parrish Miller Bill description: HB 467 would prohibit law enforcement officials from performing warrantless arrests for certain suspected crimes. Rating: +2 Does it violate the spirit or the letter of either the US Constitution or the Idaho Constitution? Examples include restrictions on speech, public assembly, the press, privacy, private property, or firearms. Conversely, does it restore …

Senate Bill 1318 — Fair Chance Employment Act

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Analysts: Phil Haunschild and Wayne Hoffman Bill description: SB 1318 would prohibit businesses from asking job applicants about their criminal records. Rating: -4 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market?  SB 1318 would limit employers’ ability …