Legislative Update 2/3/2021
Published on February 5, 2021. By Sage Dixon

We are having more floor votes as the Bills pass through Committee, and most Committees are active with RS and Bill hearings. With the exception of HCR2, we are still not voting on any legislation that would address the role of the legislature during an emergency, or limit the scope of authority of the executive branch during an declared emergency.  This is mainly due to discussions with the Senate, and further legal opinions as to what the proposed legislation would truly affect.  Work is still being done and I expect we will hear something in the near future.

As we have been exercising rules oversight in our various Committees, there has been some concern over the way the agencies are presenting their rules.  Normally, the Committees would receive a “red-line” copy of the rules that indicated all the additions and/or subtractions the rules contained.  The “red-line” copy would help us easily identify the changes and thereby make a more informed decision about whether to accept or reject the proposed rule. This year, the Business Committee rules were presented without the “red-line” version. This caused strong opposition from the senior members of the Committee, and after a few intense questions, a motion was made to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting was adjourned with rules dockets remaining on the agenda, and the agency was asked not to come back before the Committee without “red-line” versions of the rules.

As always,  all votes are yes, and all Bills passed unless otherwise noted.

The Bills we voted on were:

  • HCR2  Removes the prohibition in gatherings of more than 10 people
  • H11     Supplemental Approp. Hazardous Substance Emergency Response Fund  $34,300
  • H18     Supplemental Appropriation for Legislative Branch                                      $277,000
  • H15     Amends law regarding property roll and removes obsolete language
  • H26     Amends and repeals law regarding juvenile corrections    
  • H28     Amends law to revises provisions related to juvenile corrections
  • H29     Amends law regarding Sexual Offender Classification Board
  • H22     Amends law regarding public charter schools
  • H5       Amends law regarding use of hands-free devices
  • S1008 Supplemental Appropriation for Board of Education                                     $166,500

Revenue and Taxation:

We held two meetings in which we heard  (2) Bills, and (1) RS, and had a presentation on Tax Conformity.

The RS topic was:

Income Tax Conformity

The RS was introduced to print

The Bills were:

H14     Municipalities, Bankruptcy

H21    Businesses, Licensing, Tax Exempt

The Bills were sent to the House Floor with a “Do Pass” recommendation

Transportation & Defense: 

This week we had two meetings and heard (2) Bills, (6) RS’s, and a transportation budget overview.

The RS topics were:

Orchard training Area

Veterans Memorials repeal of code

G.I. Bill Of Rights

Motor Vehicle Titles

Snowmobile Avalanche Fund

Snowmobile Fees

All RS’s were introduced to print

The Bills were:

H5     Hands-free Devices

HCR 3 USS Idaho Commissioning

The Bills were sent to the House Floor with a “Do Pass” recommendation

Business:

This week we held two meetings and heard (1) Bill, (4) rules, and heard a presentation from the Dept. of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

The rules pertained to:

Architectural Examiners

Professional Geologists

Landscapes Architects

Morticians

The Bill was:

H42     Idaho Patient Act, Debt Collection Extension

The Bill was sent to the House Floor with a “Do Pass” recommendation

I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns, and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent District 1 in The Idaho House of Representatives.

Lord Bless,

Sage G. Dixon

 

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