Category: Legislative Summary

2021 Legislative Update: Week 6

ECONOMY & TAXATION New Legislation: Representative Steven Harris has introduced a bill, House Bill 199, to lower the state income tax and sales tax. This would create ease on low-income families as it repeals the grocery tax credit and would create $284,000,000 in total tax relief. This bill is currently in the House Revenue and…

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 5

ECONOMY & TAXATION New Legislation: House Bill 140 was introduced this week, sponsored by Representative Priscilla Giddings. This bill would prohibit any government entity in Idaho from contracting with a company that discriminates against their employees based on vaccination status. Update: House Bill 7 would allow Idaho to diversify the forms of funds it holds. …

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 4

ECONOMY & TAXATION New Legislation: Senate Bill 1041 introduced by Senator Jim Guthrie would prohibit excessive price increases during a declared emergency, amending an already existing law. The bill would protect consumers from unfair pricing in trade and commerce. This week, the legislation was passed out of the Senate Commerce and Human Resource Committee and…

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 3

EMERGENCY POWERS Update: House Concurrent Resolution 2, introduced by Representative Barbara Ehardt and Representative Brent Crane, was passed out of the house with a vote of 55-15.  The bill has now been sent to the Senate State Affairs Committee. The resolution calls for the end of restrictions on the size of gatherings in Idaho.  The…

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Senate Bill 13 (2021): Commercial Transactions

Senate Bill 13 (S1013) seeks to limit licensing and improve the efficiency of lenders.  It also adjusts the civil recourse for those wronged by lenders. Bill Details Number: S1013 (2021) Title: Commercial Transactions Text | Statement of Purpose Status: Referred to the Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee (updated: 01.21.2021) Sponsor(s):  Agency Requested: Department of…

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Senate Bill 4 (2021): Twenty-Seventh Payroll Fund

Senate Bill 4 (S1004) proposes that measures be taken to prepare for the 27th payroll period that will occur in 2028.  Every 11 years there is an extra payroll period which results in a substantial increase in expenses for the state.  This legislation initiates preparations for this period now. Bill Details Number: S1004 (2021) Title:…

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House Bill 21 (2021): Businesses, Licensing, Tax Exempt

House Bill 21 (H0021) would prohibit local governments from imposing restrictions on youth-run businesses.  The restrictions that would no longer be allowed would include licenses, permits, and fees.  This legislation would also exempt youth-run businesses from sales tax collections. Bill Details Number: H0021 (2021) Title: Businesses, Licensing, Tax Exempt Text | Statement of Purpose Status:…

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House Bill 20 (2021): Property Tax, Medical Deduction

House Bill 20 (H0020) proposes tax relief to low-income families.  Those who have high amounts of medical bills would also be among those who could receive tax relief.  This bill would allow individuals with large medical expenses to receive tax relief on their property taxes. Bill Details Number: H0020 (2021) Title: Property Tax, Medical Deduction…

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House Bill 19 (2021): Idaho Sales Tax, Corporations

House Bill 19 (H0019) is designed to “modernize” Idaho’s tax system.  Idaho is currently the only state in the west using its present form of taxing corporations.  This legislation would bring Idaho more in line with the other states in the west.  The purpose would be to help determine whether a multi-state corporation would be…

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House Bill 18 (2021): Additional Appropriations, Legislative Branch

House Bill 18 (H0018) seeks to allocate $27,000 to the legislature to improve communication with the public.  These funds would be used to create and improve video and audio support for committee meetings during the 2021 legislative session.  Along with the equipment itself, this would pay for temporary staff to install and maintain the equipment….

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