Senate Bill 1009 — Creation of electrical installer license

Lindsay Atkinson 2019 Senate bill ratings

Bill description: SB1009 would create a new occupational license — that of an electrical installer — under the Division of Building Safety. Rating: 0 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 would introduce a …

House Bill 76 — Electric-Assisted Bicycles

Lindsay Atkinson 2019 House bill ratings

Bill description: HB76 would establish a regulatory framework for ebikes. 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 76 establishes that an ebike is not a moped, motorbike, motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or a motor vehicle. In order to establish …

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

Lindsay Atkinson Articles

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 …