Conservation Voters for Idaho works to protect our environment, and to do that, we need the right laws in place.

 

CVI’s legislative associate, Rialin Flores, works with elected officials, community partners, and grassroots activists during the session to ensure that Idaho’s clean air, clean water, public lands, and wildlife are protected for future generations.

 

You can check out the issues, bills, administrative rules, and budgets we are tracking and engaging in below:

Issue Area

Clean Air

Bill Title

Crop Residue Burning

Purpose

Recently DEQ has decided to reduce the level of ozone protection in rule and in statue, and we do not believe this is in the interest of public health.

Our Position
Bill # & Sponsor

S1009

Sponsor: Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Recent Activity

Passed Senate; awaiting a hearing in House Resource Committee.

Issue Area

Smart Transportation

Bill Title

Hybrid Tax Repeal

Purpose

Repeals tax on Hybrid vehicles from 2015 session.

Our Position
Bill # & Sponsor

H20

Sponsor: Rep. Steven Harris (R-21), Meridian

Recent Activity

On the Governor’s desk, waiting for a signature!

Issue Area

Voting

Bill Title

Motor Voter Act

Purpose

Amends existing law to provide for the Motor Voter Act

Our Position
Bill # & Sponsor

H60

Sponsor: Rep. Ilana Rubel (D-18), Boise

Recent Activity

Bill was assigned to Ways and Means Committee.

Issue Area

State Affairs

Bill Title

State Sovereignty

Purpose

Gives power to the state to nullify federal law or court rulings.

Our Position
Bill # & Sponsor

H65

Sponsor: Rep. Paul Shepherd (R-8), Riggins

Recent Activity

Bill is printed and referred to House State Affairs Committee

Issue Area

Appropriations

Bill Title

Fish and Game Funding

Purpose

Provides $400k to Fish & Game for Wildlife Mitigation and Habitat Conservation Program for July 1, 2016- June 30, 2017

Our Position
Bill # & Sponsor

S1010

Sponsor: Department of Fish and Game

Recent Activity

Signed into law!

Issue Area

Wildlife Management

Bill Title

Invasive Species Policy

Purpose

Establishes the Office of Invasive Species Policy, and amends penalties to those who don’t stop at check stations

Our Position
Bill # & Sponsor

S1068

Sponsor: Sen. Jim Harris (R-10), Caldwell; Sen. Mark Harris (R-32), Soda Springs

Recent Activity

Printed, referred to Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee

Issue Area

Public Lands

Bill Title

No Net Loss

Purpose

Requires state agencies to prioritize a list of all state-owned lands and sell to private ownership

Our Position
Bill # & Sponsor

S1065

Sponsor: Sen. Steve Vick (R-2), Dalton Gardens

Recent Activity

Printed, referred to Senate Resources and Environment Committee

Issue Area

Oil & Gas Regulations

Bill Title

Oil & Gas

Purpose

Updates the current statutes regarding oil and gas to align with industry standards and increase transparency in production and development.

Our Position
Bill # & Sponsor

S1100

Sponsor: Sen. Abby Lee (R-9), Fruitland

Recent Activity

Printed, referred to Senate Resources and Environment Committee

Issue Area

Voting

Bill Title

Bonding Requirements

Purpose

Reducing the bonding requirement from two-thirds approval of the voters to 60%.

Our Position
Bill # & Sponsor

HJR3

Sponsor: Sen. Matt Erpelding (D-19), Boise

Recent Activity

Printed, held at desk