January 5, 2017

2017 Idaho Freedom Index

2017 Freedom Index bill ratings

House Bill 185

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This measure would allow a taxpayer to increase the amount saved in a 529 account from $4,000 to $6,000 and take a deduction based on that savings. Rating: -1 Analyst note: In 2000, [...]

House Bill 155

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill is a clever attempt to apply the state’s sales tax to more out-of-state transactions by changing what is considered among the sales nexus. Rating: -2 Analyst’s note: For the last several [...]

House Bill 131

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

 This bill would set fixed time periods after a conviction when a vehicle dealer would not be able to regain his license. Analyst’s noteBill description:: This bill would preclude individuals from regaining their license for [...]

House Bill 141

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill reduces unnecessary regulation for wildlife tanneries in Idaho. Rating: +1 Analyst’s note: Tanneries are regulated in much the same way as taxidermists, while their business models, including the volume of wildlife [...]

House Bill 192

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: Lowers the minimum investment for a project to qualify for a property tax exemption from county commissioners. Rating: -2 Analyst’s note: House Bill 192 seeks to change Idaho Code 63-602NN, which stipulates a [...]

Senate Bill 1073

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill raises the cap on charges for skills tests by commercial driver schools. Rating: 0 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in [...]

House Bill 179

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description:  Eliminates mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug crimes. Rating: +4 Analyst’s note: Under current Idaho law, drug trafficking trafficking is determined by the mere presence of a pre-defined quantity of a drug, rather [...]

Senate Bill 1079

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill establishes a new license and procedures for limited line travel insurance providers. Rating: -4 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in [...]

Senate Bill 1100

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill would greatly expand reporting requirements for the oil and gas industry and punish individuals for non-compliance. Rating: -5 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, [...]

House Bill 156

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: Owners of all park model recreational vehicles (think tiny homes), would now pay the same fees. Rating: +1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Conversely, [...]

House Bill 130

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill would update the reporting requirements for city treasurers. Rating: +1 Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise compromise government transparency or accountability? [...]

Senate Bill 1063

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill removes the state’s exemption from paying irrigation fees on land it owns for any benefits it might receive. Rating: +1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, [...]

Senate Bill 1102

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill would prevent the federal government from holding unused stock water rights, to the detriment of Idahoans. Rating: +1 Does it violate the principles of federalism by increasing federal authority, yielding to [...]

Senate Bill 1098

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill would require oil and gas producers submit monthly forms to the State Tax Commision. Rating: -1 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate [...]

Senate Bill 1082

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill would create a new program to provide community care services to adults. Rating: -5 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does [...]

Senate Bill 1099

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill would create a new Oil and Gas Division in the Department of Lands. Rating: -1 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Responsibilities [...]

Senate Bill 1101

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill sets a limit on the fee that can be charged for domestic or stock watering rights. Rating: +1 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other [...]

House Bill 189

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This bill prohibits public funds from being used to interfere with or influence an election. Rating: +2 Analyst’s note: This bill is a near replica of House Bill 134 from earlier this legislative [...]

House Bill 119

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: This legislation allows the Idaho State Board of Real Estate Appraisers to collect any fees from its licensees required for federally-related transactions. Analyst’s note: In 2016, the Legislature passed a law that regulated [...]

House Bill 151

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: House Bill 151 specifies that sled-dog races are permissible under the current legislation that prohibits dog racing. Rating: +1 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or [...]

Senate Bill 1071

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: Senate Bill 1071 creates an exception from the license plate visibility law for trailers, bicycle racks, and other features that might block the readability of a vehicle’s rear license plate. Rating: +1 Does [...]

Senate Bill 1072

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: Senate Bill 1072 establishes inspections of diesel vehicles to determine if they are using tax-exempt dyed fuel. Rating: -2 Analyst’s Note: Federal and Idaho law allow drivers in certain cases to use tax-exempt [...]

Senate Bill 1077

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: Senate Bill 1077 amends the Idaho regulations that concern Vehicle Insurance Contracts and regulates companies that provide vehicle-theft protection services. Rating: -5 Analyst’s note: This bill has two primary sections that deal with [...]

Senate Bill 1067

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Senate bill ratings|

Bill description: Senate Bill 1067 allows counties to provide an exemption to owner-builders from following portions of the uniform Idaho Building Code. Rating: +1 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to [...]

House Bill 145

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: 2017 House bill ratings|

Bill description: House Bill 145 would prevent additional private non-governmental organizations from joining the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho. Rating: +1 Analyst note: Under existing statutes, non-governmental entities are allowed to join the state [...]

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