The AIC Legislative Committee convened on Friday, December 4th to learn about legislative proposals likely to surface during the upcoming 2016 Legislative Session. Committee members heard presentations on a number of issues that are likely to affect cities, including:
Proposals from AIC members cities to extend the timeframe for alcoholic beverage catering licenses for festivals from three days to nine days, to allow cities to retain permanent records in digital formats without needing to retain paper copies, to exempt records related to critical public infrastructure from disclosure, to establish a process to reclaim unused cemetery plots, to establish resort city liquor licenses, and establish a process whereby a recreation sewer or water district can annex (with the consent of the city) a municipal water or wastewater system;
Five proposals from DEQ concerning water quality;
Urban renewal legislation affecting a range of items from selection of board members, use of urban renewal funds for public buildings, whether or not plan amendments reset the base assessment value, and penalties for noncompliance with reporting requirements;
Attempts to unify governance of the state’s two emergency communication bodies, the ECC and the SIEC;
Possible state tax reform efforts to reduce the income tax, increase the personal property tax exemption from $100,000 to up to $250,000, and repeal of the sales tax on groceries;
Proposals from the Idaho School Board Association to allow for online notice of public meetings and broaden language in Idaho’s Open Meeting Law to allow for executive sessions to discuss the sale of government property;
Proposals from the Idaho Association regarding property tax assessment and other matters of taxation of park model homes and an effort to restructure the road and bridge maintenance and operation levy to allow the county to levy the tax without sharing revenues with cities (the proposal would require cities to levy their own tax for street maintenance, thereby reducing taxes in the county and increases taxes in the city); and
Other items including local option property tax efforts, body worn cameras, workers compensation for firefighters, and local ordinance preemption for local minimum wages.
Please contact Seth Grigg with any questions relating to legislative issues.
Presentations from the December 4, 2015 Legislative Committee Meeting: