2021 Legislative Session
Join us as we monitor active and potential legislation that impacts IORC interest areas.
These are bills that have been introduced to the Idaho Legislature. Track their progress here.
Pesticide Application Regulations
Rule Number: Rules Governing Pesticide and Chemigation Use and Application IDAPA 02.03.03
Position: Needs Improvement
Rule Info: IORC is following the status of amended pesticide regulations following the negotiated rulemaking process in 2020. The rule removes health & safety standards for aerial pesticide application.
January 26: Senate Agriculture Committee approves pesticide regulations. The rules will now be included in the continuing resolution at the end of the legislative session.
January 20: House Agriculture Committee approves pesticide regulations.
Executive Power, Local Government, & COVID-19 Emergency Response Authority
Sponsor: Steven C. Harris, Gayann DeMordaunt, Chuck Winder, Kelley Anthon
Bill Info: Constitutional amendment allowing the legislature to call itself into special session with the support of 60% of legislators.
Sponsor: Chuck Winder
Sponsor: Jason Monks, Kelly Anthon, Chuck Winder, Julianne Young
Bill Info: Amends the Disaster Preparedness Act to provide limitations to emergency declarations and disaster preparedness and allows them to be terminated by the legislature. Mandates legislative oversight of emergency responses.
Sponsor: Brent Crane, Barbara Ehardt
Bill Info: Repeals limitations on public and private gathering sizes that were implemented as part of the Governor’s emergency declaration. Places limitation on public health district & local government power to enact/enforce public health measures or other emergencies.
Bill Number: HB 33 & SB 1060
Sponsor: Megan Blanksma, Steve Vick
Bill Info: Allows county commissions to overturn public health orders implemented by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Public Health Districts. Thereby giving county commissioners veto power over any health district board decision. Lowers penalties for first and second offenses of violating public health measures to infractions rather than misdemeanors. Limits the duration of any order of isolation or quarantine issued by the state or a public health district to 30 days, unless the city or county involved extends it for a longer period.
Bill Number: HB 74
Sponsor: Brandon Mitchell, Regina Bayer
Bill Info: Restricts powers of cities to enforce public health measures.
Bill Number: SB 1028
Sponsor: Grant Burgoyne
Bill Info: Increases the minimum wage to $15.00 from the federal minimum of $7.25 for hourly workers and $7.50 for tipped employees over two years. Does not address piece rates or overtime pay for seasonal/intermittent agricultural employees which is a major oversight and an area that needs to be addressed. Repeals the prohibition on local minimum wages.
Citizen-Led Ballot Initiatives, Voting, & Elections
Bill Number: HJR 2
Sponsor: Colin Nash
Bill Info: Prevents the legislature from raising or amending current signature-gathering requirements for statewide ballot initiatives without voter approval.
Bill Number: SB 1110
Sponsor: Steve Vick, Jim Addis, Sage Dixon
Bill Info: Amends the signature-gathering requirements for statewide ballot initiatives to require registered voters from all 35 legislative districts making it more difficult to meet ballot qualification requirements.
Bill Number: HB 55
Sponsor: Illana Rubel
Bill Info: Allows for automatic voter registration at driver’s license offices.
Bill Number: HB 223
Sponsor: Mike Moyle
Bill Info: Prohibits the practice of “ballot harvesting” or collecting absentee ballots on behalf of another voter unless you are a postal worker or a family member. Family members are limited to carrying two ballots. Individuals who require assistance, who live in remote areas, or who do not have family to help them are disadvantaged by under this legislation.
Bill Number: HB 105
Sponsor: Tammy Nichols
Bill Info: Prohibits absentee voting for voters not covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, which includes active-duty military, foreign service members and their family, and a voter who has a sworn physical disability. All others would be required to vote in person. Applies to presidential and vice-presidential elections only.
Add the Words
Bill Number: SB 1030
Sponsor: Melissa Wintrow
Bill Info: Amends Idaho Human Rights Act to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”
Agriculture & Water Quality
Bill Number: HB 51
Bill Info: Allows dairy producers to continue monitoring the land application of dairy nutrients according to methods that are intended to be phased out by 2023.
Bill Number: HB 99
Sponsor: John Vander Woude
Bill Info: Directs the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to create a water quality pollutant offset program that allows participants to trade credits on the open market.
Bill Number: HB 167
Bill Info: Requires the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to consider the cost impact and ensure the economic feasibility and of potential administrative rules on agricultural operations.
Bill Number: HB 126
Sponsor: Jim Guthrie
Bill Info: Allows the cultivation, transportation, production, processing, and research within the state of Idaho of industrial hemp with 0.3% THC or less. Does not allow for the use or sale of hemp products such as CBD that contain THC, even in trace amounts.
Bill Number: HB 199
Sponsor: Scott Bedke, Mike Moyle, Steven Harris, Jim Rice
Bill Info: Repeals the grocery tax credit while only reducing the sales tax to 5.3% from 6%. Reduces all income tax brackets to 6.5%
Driving Permits for Undocumented Agricultural Workers
Bill Number: SB 1132
Sponsor: Jim Guthrie
Bill Info: Permits limited driving privileges for any person residing in Idaho regardless of their citizenship status.