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Senate Bill 1043

Senate Bill 1043

Phil Haunschild
February 7, 2017

Bill description: This bill amends the permit regulations for oversize farm equipment on public roads.

Rating: +3

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 will allow owners of agricultural equipment, or implements of husbandry, to travel on roadways without permits. Presently, agricultural equipment owners can operate permitless, but it must be in incidental use, i.e., “the transport of the implement of husbandry from one (1) farm operation to another” (Idaho Code 49-110). This bill removes the “incidental” restriction, allowing for the transportation of equipment more freely. (+1)

The bill would also free equipment dealers from equipment size restrictions, the same as farmers or their designated agents. The exemption would apply to leased and rented, in addition to purchased equipment, as currently stated in the statute. (+1)    

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? 

The owner or transporter must pay a corresponding fee to move equipment. This bill rescinds this fee, currently $103 for a one-way use permit, or $126 for a yearly permit. The total savings to Idaho residents with this change is estimated at more than $54,000. (+1)  

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