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 611 —Tobacco, cigarettes, regulation

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Bill description: HB 611 establishes uniform laws regarding tobacco product and electronic cigarette regulations across the state. Rating: +1 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? The purpose of HB 611 is to establish a statewide …

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 …

House Bill 601 — Legislative public records

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Bill description: HB 601 would add new exemptions to public records law.  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 accountability? HB 601 adds new exemptions to Idaho’s …

House Bill 600 — Medicaid expansion, county share

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Bill description: HB 600 winds down the county indigent program and the catastrophic health care cost program, and redirects most of the funds toward Medicaid expansion.  Rating: -2 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 600 amends and repeals …

House Bill 575 — Liquor stores, sample tastings

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Bill description: HB 575 makes it possible for distilling companies to hold tastings at state liquor stores. Rating: +1 Does it transfer a function of the private sector to the government? Examples include government ownership or control of any providers of goods or services such as the Land Board’s purchase of a self-storage facility, mandatory emissions testing, or pre-kindergarten. Conversely, …