House Bill 648 — Property tax relief for homeowners

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Bill description: HB 648 would provide some one-time property tax relief for homeowners. Rating: 0 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce any taxes, fees, or other assessments?  HB 648 would offer property tax relief to many Idahoans by using money in the tax relief fund. This …

House Bill 647 — Supervision of electrical apprentices

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Bill description: HB 647 would change requirements regarding the supervision of electrical apprentices. Rating: +1 Does it increase barriers to entry into the market? Examples include occupational licensure, the minimum wage, and restrictions on home businesses. Conversely, does it remove barriers to entry into the market?  As part of becoming an electrical journeyman in the state of Idaho, an applicant …

House Bill 624 — Master Educator Premiums

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Bill description: HB 624 would sunset Idaho’s Master Educator Premium program. Rating: +1 Does it increase government spending (for objectionable purposes) or debt? Conversely, does it decrease government spending or debt?  HB 624 would place a sunset date on the state’s Master Educator Premium program. This program currently gives $4,000 a year of state money to teachers and others defined …

House Bill 609 — Exclusion from water and sewer districts

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Bill description: HB 609 would simplify the process for landowners to petition for exclusion from a water and/or sewer district. Rating: +2 Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise compromise government transparency or accountability? Conversely, does it increase public access to information related to government activity or increase government transparency or …

House Bill 614 — Handheld ban

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Bill description: HB 614 would ban the use of handheld devices on the road, but grant exceptions to certain individuals. Rating: -2 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non- violent crimes? Conversely, does it eliminate or decrease penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes?  HB 614 creates …

House Bill 591 — Potato tax refund

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Bill description: HB 591 would allow Idahoans who grow potatoes to request a potato tax refund from the Idaho Potato Commission. Rating: 0 Analyst’s Note: HB 591 falls within our Freedom Index metrics, under our question about taxation. But given the way the bill is written, it is hard to understand its effects. Currently, all potato growers in the state …