Pocatello Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Legislative Blog

Week 6 – February 21, 2019

We continue to have great participation from our committee on attendance and 4 of our 6 legislators on the call again this week.  We began with a review from our sub committees.

Our Tax and Commerce Committee Chair Arlen Wittrock updated the group on outstanding Legislation. We then discussed and updated on H88 which we supported and has passed the House and has been sent to the Senate.   This bill moves the portion of ISP funding that comes from the gas tax and fees off of that source of revenue and onto the general fund.  It does this over a period of 5 years at which point those funds will fully move.  Next, we had an update about Idaho passing legislation to have the Idaho tax code conform with the new federal tax code on foreign income.  The bill should be coming out from House & Senate leadership this week. 

Next, we had some discussion about Health and Education.  Stephen Weeg updated the group on activities happening with Medicaid Expansion.  We expect to see a couple of bills coming out that will do away with the voter approved expansion.  We do not think that these two bills will move forward. 

We then had our Call with Legislators. 

Elaine let us know via email that she was sick and would not be on the call today. 

Mark Nye also emailed that JFAC was meeting starting at 7:30am and that he would not be able to attend.

On the call: 

Rep. Chris Abernathy, Rep. Randy Armstrong, Rep. Kevin Andrus and Sen. Jim Guthrie.   

Sen. Jim Guthrie mentioned the Rules bill H100, Water Issues, Medicaid Expansion, Hemp laws, a new Liquor License bill, the education funding formula and H26 on underground storage tanks.

Rep. Kevin Andrus mentioned that H88 had passed the house and that it looks like the Hemp bill is moving forward.

Rep. Randy Armstrong mentioned H152 on naturopathic medicine, that the Education budget had passed with a 6.1% increase, Issues with Marcie‚Äôs Law and Medicaid Expansion 

Rep. Chris Abernathy updated us on the funding formula for schools and mentioned that they are waiting on some additional data.  He also mentioned that the potato folks are getting together to work out their issues.

Update on Legislation:

H 20 is Law.

H 88 has passed the house and is in the Senate.

H 128 & H 130 are still in House Local Government.

It was then mentioned that next week we would meet on Thursday February 28th  at 7:00 am at the Clarion Inn and that we would have another call with Legislators to discuss issues.

Matthew J. Hunter

President & CEO

Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber