Bill description: HB 562 would ensure that the meetings of Idaho district boards of health are open to the public.
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?
Idaho has seven health districts across the state, each responsible for coordinating with the Department of Health and Welfare to provide for local health needs. HB 562 would ensure that the district boards of health abide by Idaho’s open meeting laws. During these meetings, the trustees of the board make decisions such as where funding will be allocated and take other actions that substantially affect residents in their district. Ensuring that the public has access to the proceedings of these meetings would help ensure a higher level of accountability.
This analysis reflects the Senate amendments to the bill on 3/14.