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House Bill 670 — Unemployment, oversight

House Bill 670 — Unemployment, oversight

Parrish Miller
February 23, 2022

Bill Description: House Bill 670 would increase legislative oversight over federal unemployment insurance programs. 

Rating: +1

Does it violate the spirit or the letter of either the U.S. Constitution or the Idaho Constitution? Examples include restrictions on speech, public assembly, the press, privacy, private property, or firearms. Conversely, does it restore or uphold the protections guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution or the Idaho Constitution?

House Bill 670 would create Section 72-1386, Idaho Code, to "ensure that the legislature retains appropriate oversight and approval authority over future participation in new federal unemployment benefit programs."

This oversight would apply when these programs "impose new requirements on employers; enhance existing unemployment benefits or create new benefits; or increase or decrease the duration or potential duration of unemployment benefits."

If the governor or Department of Labor approves such a program when the Legislature is out of session, the Legislature is empowered, under this bill, to rescind participation when it convenes.


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