Bill Description: House Bill 414 would allow most commercial driver's licenses to be renewed for eight years instead of four, reduce online driver's license renewal fees by $5, and require the state transportation department to check the federal drug and alcohol clearinghouse before completing any CDL transaction.
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?
House Bill 414 would amend Idaho law related to driver's licenses in several ways.
First, it would allow most commercial driver's licenses to be renewed for eight years instead of just four, which is the longest renewal period currently available. This should be more convenient for drivers and may reduce fees overall — higher at the time of renewal but with fewer renewals required.
House Bill 414 will also implement a flat $5 reduction in renewal fees for online renewal to encourage more online renewals, which should reduce wait times and the number of working hours required to process renewal applications.
Does it violate the principles of federalism by increasing federal authority, yielding to federal blandishments, or incorporating changeable federal laws into Idaho statutes or rules? Examples include citing federal code without noting as it is written on a certain date, using state resources to enforce federal law, and refusing to support and uphold the Tenth Amendment. Conversely, does it restore or uphold the principles of federalism?
House Bill 414 would amend Idaho law related to commercial driver's licenses by requiring that the Idaho transportation department (ITD) "request information from the drug and alcohol clearinghouse to determine whether an applicant for any class A, B, or C driver's license or commercial learner's permit is eligible for the credential."
This clearinghouse is an online federal database for tracking information about CDL drivers’ drug and alcohol program violations.
According to the Statement of Purpose for House Bill 414, "Federal statute requires" ITD "to check the federal drug and alcohol clearinghouse before completing any CDL transaction."
Incorporating this federal overreach into Idaho code compromises Idaho's sovereignty and violates the tenets of federalism.
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