Category: Policy Articles

Nate: A Bill to Protect Idaho Investments (HB.7)

The Sound Money Reserves Act (HB.7) allows Idaho’s State Treasurer to invest some of Idaho’s idle reserves in physical gold and silver quantities. The recent explosion in U.S. government spending and Federal Reserve money printing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a renewed focus on the critical role gold and silver can play in…

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Support Lemonade Stand Freedom (HB.21)

Cities should not require permits and licenses for the infrequent businesses of minors — be it a lemonade stand, babysitting, lawn mowing, etc. House Bill 21 would do the following: Prohibit local governments from requiring minors to obtain a permit or license to operate an occasional business. Exclude such businesses from an obligation to collect…

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Why Educational Freedom?

As January comes to a close, school choice week in Idaho begins.  The Madison Liberty Institute stands with the citizens of Idaho and their freedom to choose the educational opportunities that best fit their family’s needs.  There are three key reasons why educational freedom is an important issue for Madison Liberty.  Educational freedom builds competition…

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Support Free-Range Parenting (HB.3)

Should the state of Idaho view playtime as a crime? Parents can be prosecuted for negligence, or have child welfare services intervene, if they allow their children the reasonable independence to partake in various activities without parental supervision—walking to the store, playing at a park, etc. Free-Range parenting used to simply be called parenting. This…

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A Dangerous Precedent: Covid Kills Juries

The Idaho Supreme Court has been issuing orders since September outlining changes in normal jury trial processes due to the spread of COVID-19 in Idaho. Now, they’ve completely prohibited jury trials until further notice, initiating acute violations of every Idahoan’s constitutionally guaranteed right to a “speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.”  Timeline In…

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Public Hearings Scheduled to Address New Birth Certificate Rule

Thousands of signatures were collected across Idaho requesting that public hearings be scheduled to discuss changes made to an administrative rule under the name of “vital statistics”:  IDAPA 16.02.08 – COMPLETION AND CORRECTION OF CERTIFICATES. (More information has been published on the Idaho Administrative Bulletin and can be found here.) Since April 2019, Idahoans have…

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Public Hearings: Idaho Department of Education

Earlier this summer, numerous Idahoans signed petitions requesting public hearings for changes the Idaho Department of Education made regarding the following rules: IDAPA 08.02.03 Rules Governing Thoroughness (subsections 004, 007, 008, 009, 111, 112, 116, and 150) – specifically the Idaho Content Standards (incorporated by reference, Definitions, Assessments, Accountability, Unique Student Identifier, and Basic Values IDAPA…

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Public Hearings: Idaho Department of Health & Welfare

Earlier this summer, numerous Idahoans signed petitions requesting public hearings for changes the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made regarding the following rules: Docket 16-0000-1900 for IDAPA 16.02.11 Immunizations of children attending licensed daycare facilities in Idaho, 16.02.12 Procedures and testing to be performed on newborn infants, 16.02.15 Immunization requirements for Idaho school children,…

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Public Hearings: Idaho Department of Lands

Earlier this summer, numerous Idahoans signed petitions requesting public hearings for changes the  Idaho Department of Lands made regarding the following rules: IDAPA 20.03.01 Rules Governing Dredge and Placer Mining Operations in Idaho. The information regarding this hearing as published in the Idaho Administrative Bulletin can be found here. The purpose of this post is…

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Public Hearings: Idaho Department of Water Resources

Earlier this summer, numerous Idahoans signed petitions requesting public hearings for changes the Idaho Department of Water Resources made regarding the following rules: Docket 37-0000-1900 for IDAPA 37.02.01 Comprehensive State Water Plan Rules and Docket 37-0000-1900F for IDAPA 37.03.07 Stream Channel Alterations Rules. The information regarding this hearing as published in the Idaho Administrative Bulletin…

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