House Bill 336 — Motor Voter Act

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Bill description: HB 336 would offer a new option for voter registration when Idahoans go in to renew their driver’s licenses or state identification cards. Rating: -1 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 …

House Bill 317 — Repeal and replacement of the Optometric Physician Licensing Act

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Bill description: HB 317 repeals and replaces the Optometric Physician Licensing Act. 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?  This bill rewrites the scope-of-practice law covering optometry by excluding optometrists from performing 32 different …

‘Perfect Christmas gift’: IFF President Hoffman applauds higher ed tuition freeze

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Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman, who recently proposed freezing tuition and fees for students in Idaho’s higher education system, released the following statement Wednesday:  For Idaho’s public college students and their families, this is the perfect Christmas gift. Next, the State Board of Education and the Legislature should take a close look at the administrative bloat at our four-year …

Boise State to faculty and staff: Come learn how white people are racists

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Boise State University is now inviting its faculty and staff to attend a series of trainings on “white privilege” from an author who believes all white people are latent racists. The program consists of seven sessions, for which attendees earn credit as part of the school’s “diversity” program.  The program’s curriculum is based on Robin DiAngelo’s book, “What Does It …

House Bill 280— Vaping in a vehicle

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Bill description: HB 280 would establish a penalty for individuals who smoke or vape in a vehicle with a minor present. Rating: -1 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? This bill would …

House Bill 267 – Colleges and universities

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The Idaho Budget Index examines appropriation bills on several fronts to add important context to lawmakers’ discussions as they are considered on the floor of the House and Senate. Among the issues we look at in drawing a conclusion about a budget: Does the agency requesting these funds serve a proper role of government? Has wasteful or duplicative spending been …