Senate Bill 1014 — Plumbing contractors

Lindsay Atkinson 2019 Senate bill ratings

Bill description: SB1014 would require all plumbing contractors to also be journeymen plumbers. 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? This bill changes the definition of a plumbing contractor to require that any person …

Boise residents deserve, at the very least, an advisory vote on big-budget projects

Lindsay Atkinson Articles, SMART Boise

Recently, Boise city attorney Natalie Mendoza asserted that a direct vote on the library and stadium projects would be unconstitutional, based on state law. This statement came as feedback on the ballot initiative submitted to the city by Boise Working Together—a group that wants voter input on two big-budget projects. Her reason for claiming unconstitutionality: To have a binding vote …

House Bill 79 — First responder civil immunity

Lindsay Atkinson 2019 House bill ratings

Bill description: HB79 would allow first responders to damage private property without liability (for lawsuits or criminal prosecution) for their actions. Rating: -1 Does it violate the principle of equal protection under the law? Examples include laws which discriminate or differentiate based on age, gender, or religion or which apply laws, regulations, rules, or penalties differently based on such characteristics. …

Boise promised private funding for whitewater park expansion, but city spending exceeds private dollars

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Rolling rivers, hearty hills, and mighty mountains are some of the geographic features Idaho is known for; natural features that make the state great for outdoor adventures. Since even the largest of Idaho municipalities are surrounded by these geographic features, cities often use natural elements in the design of their parks. For the city of Boise, one such example is …

Senate Bill 1008 — Regulations for electrical contractors and journeymen

Lindsay Atkinson 2019 Senate bill ratings

Bill description: SB 1008 would change apprenticeship regulations for electrical contractors and journeymen. Rating: +2 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? SB 1008 removes a continuation training requirement for apprentices who have not advanced in …