Rep. Sage G. Dixon – District 1
This week’s Floor Session was, for the most part, straightforward. There was a manageable amount of legislation to vote on, and very little controversy on the Floor. Two Bills that did draw some notoriety and debate were H378 and H413. H378 dealt with how legislative vacancies are filled, proposing a change from three names being submitted to the Governor for his selection, to one name being submitted. This was presented as a strengthening of the separation of powers, as well as having the new legislator be more reflective of the constituency, as opposed to the Governor’s wishes. There was little, if any, debate, but the Bill garnered only 28 “Aye” votes, and failed to pass. H413 pertained to City Council Elections, and proposed to have cities over 100,000 people institute electoral districts for city council positions. This generated much debate, especially from the legislators who represent the City of Boise, and whose council members come from the densely populated areas of the City, This leaves residents outside the city core feeling unrepresented, as all the candidates live, and all campaigning occurs, in the higher population areas where the majority of the votes are. The Bill passed along party lines 54-16.
As always, all votes are yes, and all Bills passed unless otherwise noted.
The Bills we voted on were:
H412 Supplemental Appropriation-Dept. of Administration $66,500 N
H367 Add to law regarding Phosphogypsum stacks and lateral expansions
H382 Add to law to provide for Bear River water rights adjudication
H345 Amends law regarding vehicle booting
H385 Repeals and adds to law regarding certified medication assistants
H378 Amends law regarding legislative vacancies
S1257 Supplemental Appropriation-reduction to Public Defense Commission $1,036,000
S1258 Supplemental Appropriation-State Appellate Public Defender $140,000
S1271 Supplemental Appropriation-Board of Tax Appeals $42,100
S1272 Supplemental Appropriation-Dept. of Environmental Quality $120,000
HCR31 Recognizes the importance of the Idaho National Laboratory
S1235 Repeals law regarding Professional Studies Program and Account
S1236 Amends law regarding qualifications of educational interpreters
H388 Amends law regarding enrollment of military families in charter schools
S1240 Adds to law regarding verification of advanced practice nurses
S1242 Amends law regarding training requirements for nursing home administrators
H362 Repeals the Idaho Hospital Liability Trust Act
H392 Amends law regarding the definition of Health Care Provider to include students
H413 Amends law to require that certain cities establish city council districts
SCR126 States finding regarding the Idaho Behavioral Health System Plan
HJM12 Requests that the Federal Government sanction opioid traffickers
H399 Amends law regarding collection agencies
H401 Amends law regarding mortgage practices
H477 Amends law regarding Real Estate Licensure
H478 Amends law regarding Real Estate License law
H329 Amends law regarding the director of the Dept. of Water Resources
H366 Amends law regarding water district meetings and board members
Revenue and Taxation:
This week, we had (5) meetings in which
we heard (11) RS’s, and (2) Bills.
The RS topics were:
Grocery Tax Removal (3)
First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account
Urban Renewal, Highway Districts
Tax of Leased Government Property
Grocery Tax Credit
Valuation of Agricultural Land
Sales Tax-Custom Meat Processing
Idaho Small Employer Incentive Act
Local Improvement Districts
All were introduced for printing, with the exception of the three Grocery Tax Removal RSs.
The Bills were:
H409 Freeze Property Tax Statewide
H408 Sales Tax Distribution, Cities
The Bills were passed on to the House Floor with a “do pass” recommendation.
Transportation & Defense:
We held (2) meeting this week
and heard (2) Bills, (2) RSs.
The RS’s were related to:
Nurses, student loan repayment
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
All were introduced for printing.
The Bills were:
H410 License plate, valid ten years
H411 Notification of Towing
All were passed on to the House Floor with a “do pass” recommendation.
We held (2) meetings this week in which we heard (12) Bills.
The Bills were:
H477 Real Estate Licensing
H478 Real Estate Licensing
H399 Idaho Collection Agency Act
H400 Idaho credit Code
H401 Idaho Residential Mortgage Practices Act
H419 Mortician Board
H422 Diving Business Board
H423 Athlete Agents Act
H424 Barber and Cosmetology Board
H421 Real Estate Appraiser Board
H420 Contractor Statute
H472 Building Code; Sprinklers
All Bills were passed to the Floor with a “Do Pass” recommendation, with the exception of H472 which failed to pass the Committee.
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.
Sage G. Dixon
P.O. Box 208 Ponderay, Idaho 83852 208.610.4800
State Capitol: P.O. Box 83720 | Boise, Idaho 83720-0081 | 208.332.1044
District 1 Representative
Bonner and Boundary Counties