On January 21, 2020, State Representative Heather Scott (R- Blanchard) introduced House Bill 347 (H.0347), which “amends existing law to revise provisions regarding the holding of another bond election after a voter rejection.”
This legislation would place a restriction on the time period between when a taxing entity (like a library district, water district, school district, etc.) has an election for a bond and the next time the same bond, or a similar one, can be put up for election again. This bill would require an eleven-month waiting period for any taxing entity that wants to re-run a failed bond election. Currently, some taxing districts that want to re-run a bond can do so every 3 months; the time period differs depending on what type of district is holding the bond election.
The following week, on January 28, 2020, the House State Affairs Committee reported the legislative measure out of committee with a “Do Pass” recommendation.
Madison Liberty Institute’s recommendation: SUPPORT
Bill Status: 3rd Reading, House (1.29.2020)
Lindsey Zea is a Policy and Research Associate with the Madison Liberty Institute. Lindsey holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from BYU-Idaho and loves finding applications of history to current events and political debates. She also serves as a Policy Analyst with the Better Cities Project (BCP) and formerly interned with the Libertas Institute in Utah.