2022 Legislative Review

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Last Updated: 1/15/2022

 

H0436  Income Tax, corporate
Amends existing law to revise the individual and corporate income tax rate and to provide for an income tax rebate.
Recommendation SUPPORT
Status Introduced 1/13
Reason Reducing the tax burden on Idahoans is the most effective way to address the budget surplus, provide inflation relief, and pandemic related assistance without discrimination.  
Purpose This 2022 Tax Relief bill makes the following changes to Idaho's income tax laws: • It consolidates the income tax brackets from five brackets to four and lowers rates to 1%, 3%, 4.5% and 6% retroactive to January 1, 2022. • It lowers the corporate income tax to 6% retroactive to January 1, 2022. • It provides a one-time tax rebate of $350 million, returning approximately 12% of 2020 Idaho personal income tax (line 20) or $75 for each taxpayer and dependant, whichever is greater
Fiscal Impact This bill provides $350 million of tax relief through a one-time tax rebate in FY 2022 and $251 million in on-going tax relief beginning in FY 2023 by lowering income tax brackets. These reductions are partially offset by $94 million per year from the Tax Relief fund.
Contact Representative Steven C. Harris Representative Mike Moyle Senator Jim Rice Senator Scott Grow (208) 332-1000

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H0437  Ed, content standards, adoption
Adds to existing law provide for the adoption of the content standards prepared by the 2020-2021 content standards review committees.
Recommendation OPPOSE
Status Introduced 1/12
Reason The intentions of this bill is to address Critical Race Theory (CTR) issues but the language is so vaguely written that this will open the door to more controversial issues or partisan abuse. Centralizing curriculum is the reason why classrooms have become overly politicized. 
Purpose This bill would establish a new section 33-118B and direct the Idaho State board of education to adopt and incorporate by reference into its administrative rules, the draft Idaho Content Standards for English Language, Arts, Mathematics and Science. These draft documents (dated July 13, 2021) were recommended by the Standards Review committees of 2020 and 2021. After several years of deliberations by the House and Senate Germane Education Committees, letters from the committees were submitted to the Idaho Governor, Idaho State Board of Education and the Idaho Department of Education requesting that the Idaho Content Standards be reviewed and replaced. These requests in 2020 and 2021 initiated various subcommittees of legislators, educators, school administrators, and state department staff. Their work culminated in draft standards dated July 13, 2021. This new section further provides that school districts shall have until June 30, 2024 to adopt curricular materials pursuant to changes provided for in this bill or adopted through the subsequent negotiated administrative rule process. The state requires each content standard to be reviewed on a five-year cycle. The English Language Arts and Mathematics Content Standards were scheduled for 2021, while the Science Standards would be up for review in 2022.
Fiscal Impact It is expected that in compliance with Federal rules, the changes in these Content Standards will require a review of the changes for appropriate alignment with the Idaho State Assessment Tests. The cost of this review is estimated to not exceed $125,000 for each of the three standards for a total of $375,000 in Fiscal year 2023. The new standards are considered to retain an equal level of rigor. For purposes of comparative analysis of student academic growth, it is the goal to not significantly modify assessments. This will provide a consistent long-term comparison. Costs associated with professional development and training of educators should be covered by the expected return to pre-pandemic levels of professional development budgets, which were impacted by holdbacks and shifts from general funds to federal funding sources.
Contact Representative Lance Clow (208) 332-1000 Senator Steven Thayn (208) 332-1000

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H0438  School trustees, elections
Amends existing law to revise provisions regarding appointments and elections to fill vacant school trustee positions following a recall or resignation resulting from a recall petition.
Recommendation PENDING
Status Introduced 1/13
Reason Pending
Purpose This legislation will change the manner in which school board trustees fill positions that are vacated due to a recall. This process will be applied to a recall that: a) Was initiated and then the trustee chose to resign; b) Was initiated and then recalled through the voting process; It further states that if a regularly scheduled election date is upcoming within 90 days of a successful recall, then no one shall be appointed to a position and it shall remain open and allow candidates to run for the vacated trustee office. If such a position is farther out than 90 days, the trustee position will be filled as a “temporary” position only and will be 
Fiscal Impact Because the election cycle will coincide with elections already taking place and because the election is something that is already required to take place, there will be no impact to the General Fund
Contact Representative Barbara Ehardt Representative Gayann DeMordaunt (208) 332-1000

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H0439  Unaffiliated voters deadline
Amends existing law to revise provisions regarding the deadline to change political party affiliation or unaffiliated designation.
Recommendation SUPPORT
Status Introduced 1/13
Reason Voter registration deadlines should apply equally to all voters regardless of party affiliation status.  
Purpose Under current Idaho code, voters in the four recognized political parties who want to change to a different party or become unaffiliated, must do so by the candidate filing deadline prior to the primary election. Those already in the unaffiliated category, however, have different rules. They may change their affiliation to any of the four parties at any time up to and including the primary election day. This bill will standardize the change of affiliation deadline for all primary voters
Fiscal Impact There is minimal to no cost associated with this effort, and it will save poll worker time on Election Day by not having to record any change of affiliation at the polls.
Contact Senator Mary Souza (208) 332-2400 Representative Caroline Nilsson Troy (208) 332-2400

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HCR 027
Adds to existing law to reject certain rules of the State Board ofEducation relating to Idaho Content Standards.
Recommendation OPPOSE
Status Introduced 1/13
Reason The intentions of this bill is to address Critical Race Theory (CTR) issues but the language is so vaguely written that this will open the door to more controversial issues or partisan abuse. Centralizing curriculum is the reason why classrooms have become overly politicized. 
Purpose This House Concurrent Resolution rejects the pending rule contained in IDAPA 08.02.03, Rules Governing Thoroughness, Section 004., Subsection 01.d., 01.h., and 01.j., and Subsection 05. as null, void, and of no force and effect as of July 1, 2022. By rejecting these administrative rules, the Idaho Content Standards for English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science will no longer be in effect, clearing the way for the work and recommendations of the respective 2020 and 2021 standards review committees to be considered as appropriate replacement content standards, dated July 13, 2021.
Fiscal Impact This is a rule rejection and has no fiscal impact.
Contact Representative Lance Clow (208) 332-1000

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Status Introduced 1/13
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