2024 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

CVI is present in the Statehouse daily to defend Idaho’s democracy and right to vote, advance conservation policy to protect Idaho’s natural environment, and hold our lawmakers accountable to the values of their constituents.

Use our Priority Bill Tracker below to stay updated on legislation CVI is engaging with throughout the session. Bills are listed in order of most recent activity. (Last update: February 27, 2024)

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TOP PRIORITY LEGISLATION

County-wide Highway Districts

Purpose: overhauls the Ada County Highway District in a way that reduces power of commissioners and brings partisan politics into their elections rather than prioritizing road safety and infrastructure management. It would also revoke several of the current commissioners who were elected to the ACHD by Ada County voters.

Status: moving to House Transportation committee.

S1273

Support

Voter Guides

Purpose: creates a neutral state-issued voting guide for each primary, general, and municipal election.

Status: passed the Senate floor vote on February 26. 22 ayes, 13 nays.

No-Excuse Absentee Voting

Purpose: limits voters’ access to voting by mail (absentee voting) by requiring them to prove the reason why they cannot vote in-person.

Status: referred to House State Affairs committee on February 16.

ACTIVE LEGISLATION

H618

Monitoring

Electioneering Messaging in Government Correspondence

Purpose: prohibits electioneering messages on tax-related correspondence between the State of Idaho and taxpayers.

Status: passed the House floor vote on February 27. 68 ayes, 0 nays, 2 absent. Awaiting referral to a Senate committee.

H497

Monitoring

Elections & Public Office Vacancies

Purpose: States the types of public offices that can and cannot be held by the same person at the same time.

Status: advanced out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation on February 27.  Moving forward to a House floor vote.

SJM103

Oppose

Snake River Dam Memorial

Purpose: a memorial stating the Idaho Legislature opposes the removal or breaching of the lower four Snake River Dams, which are directly connected to salmon and steelhead decline.
(Note: a memorial is legislation expressing the Legislature’s opinion about a federal government matter, and has no impact on state or federal policy.)

Status: passed the Senate floor vote on February 26. 29 ayes, 5 nays, 1 absent. Awaiting referral in the House.

S1371

Monitoring

Election Date Consolidation

Purpose: consolidates the May primary election, Presidential election into one date (the third Tuesday of April).

Status: passed out of committee on February 26. Moving forward to Senate floor vote.

H653

Oppose

Pesticide Labeling

Purpose: Similar to S1245, this legislation would change pesticide labeling requirements to provide legal immunity to pesticide manufacturers, even if individuals demonstrate the harm caused by exposure to pesticides.

Status: referred to House Business committee on February 26.

H612

Monitoring

Wolf Depredation Control Board

Purpose: enables the Wold Depredation Control Board to pay for livestock compensation to farmers who lose livestock to wolves.

Status: advanced out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation on February 26. Moving forward to a House floor vote.

S1376

Monitoring

Public Messaging for Referendums

Purpose: allow legislators to employ public property and resources, such as email and letterhead, when advocating for or against an initiative or referendum in the same ways they advocate for or against any other proposed law.

Status: referred to Senate Judiciary & Rules committee for printing on February 26.

S1377

Oppose

Paid Signature Gatherers for Ballot Initiatives

Purpose: requires individuals paid to gather signatures for a ballot initiative to specify to potential signers in a variety of ways that they are being paid to gather signatures.

Status: referred to Senate Judiciary & Rules committee for printing on February 26.

H661

Monitoring

Filing Deadline for Independent National Candidates

Purpose: provides a new date by which independent candidates for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America may qualify for the Idaho general election ballot.

Status: referred to Senate Judiciary & Rules committee for printing on February 26.

H652

Oppose

Ballot Initiative Requirements

Purpose: changes requirements for signature collection for ballot initiatives to requiring monthly submission of signatures and changing the verification date to 90 days.

Status: referred to House State Affairs committee on February 26.

S1290

Monitoring

Election Candidate Deadlines

Purpose: standardize the dates and deadlines that county clerks follow in preparing and implementing elections.

Status: passed the Senate floor vote on February 23. 32 ayes, 0 nays, 3 absent. Awaiting referral to a House committee.

H592

Support

Livestock Compensation

Purpose: establishes a fund for conflict prevention and livestock depredation by grizzly bears and wolves. This fund will provide compensation to livestock owners and producers that have experienced livestock loss.
Note: This bill replaces H485.

Status: advanced out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation on February 22. Moving forward to a House floor vote.

H614

Monitoring

Sustainable Management of National Forests Act

Purpose: authorizes the Department of Lands to enhance and further implement the existing Good Neighbor Authority program, creates accounts in the state treasury for Good Neighbor forest management.

Status: referred to the House Resources & Conservation committee on February 22.

S1322

Monitoring

Invasive Species Policy

Purpose: additions to current invasive species policy, including requirements for launch and transport of vehicles and allowing a portion of the invasive species fund to be used by counties, cities, and other local entities for  equipment and supplies.

Status: advanced out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation on February 21. Moving forward to a Senate floor vote.

S1231a

Monitoring

Fish & Game License Eligibility

Purpose: renders individuals with outstanding fines with Idaho Fish & Game ineligible for new hunting or fishing tags and permits. 

Status: passed the Senate floor vote on February 21. 34 ayes, 0 nays, 1 absent. Awaiting referral to a House committee.

H599

Oppose

Ballot Harvesting

Purpose: would make it illegal for anyone that isn’t specified under law to be able to collect and drop off ballots for community members. 

Status: referred to House State Affairs on February 21.

H532

Monitoring

Idaho ID Card Requirements

Purpose: removes the six-month waiting period after driver’s license expiration to qualify for a no-fee identification card in order to ensure Idahoans are able to receive the ID card for voting in elections.

Status: passed through the House floor vote on February 20. 62 ayes, 7 nays, 1 absent. Now referred to Senate Transportation committee.

H478

Monitoring

Idaho Electric Code

Purpose: includes counties as well as cities in the option to engage with a qualified licensed inspector in the state to provide inspections on electrical and plumbing projects.

Status: passed the House floor vote unanimously on February 16. Referred to Senate Commerce & Resources committee on February 19.

S1261

Oppose

Work-From-Home Restrictions

Purpose: sets restrictions on telework capability for state employees. CVI opposes because work-from-home opportunities reduce commuting traffic, therefore reducing vehicle emissions that detrimentally affect community air quality.

Status: passed the Senate floor vote on February 16. 19 ayes, 16 nays. Referred to House State Affairs committee on February 19.

S1363

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Election Security Improvements

Purpose: includes a number of components involving ballot counting machines, including keeping voting systems from being able to connect to the internet, making it a felony to tamper with any voting system, giving the Secretary of State the authority to grant access to voting systems, and requiring county clerks to conduct voting system accuracy testing that is open to the public prior to all elections.

Status: referred to Senate State Affairs on February 19.

H474

Oppose

False Pesticide Damage Claims

Purpose: creates a misdemeanor charge for false damage claims regarding pesticide or fertilizer exposure.

Status: passed through the House floor vote on February 15. 66 ayes, 1 nay, 3 absent. Referred to the Senate Agricultural Affairs committee.

H496

Support

Tribes, Forests, and Federal Government

Purpose: corrects an error in last year’s legislation preventing foreign governments from purchasing Idaho land to exempt Idaho’s sovereign Tribal governments from the law. 

Status: advanced out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation on February 15. Moving forward to a House floor vote.

H468

Monitoring

Rangeland Improvement Act

Purpose: directs the Idaho Department of Agriculture to seek funding for and carry out grazing
improvement projects statewide through the Grazing Board Central Committee

Status: advanced out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation on February 15. Moving forward to a House floor vote.

S1258

Monitoring

Public Lands Right-Of-Ways

Purpose: amends existing legislation to include that if a right-of-way path to public lands/waters is categorized as “abandoned”, a new equal or better right-of-way must be created to replace it. 

Status: Passed the Senate floor vote on February 14. 33 ayes, 2 nays. Referred to House Transportation & Defense committee on February 15.

H404

Support

Public Records on Wildlife

Purpose: prevents individuals from obtaining the precise location of wildlife through a public
records request for purposes of unfair chase, hunter harassment, or other inappropriate uses.

Status: passed through the House floor vote on February 1. 56 ayes, 12 nays, 2 absent. Advanced out of Senate committee with a “do pass” recommendation on February 15.

H565

Support

FAIR elections Act/A.I.

Purpose: sets restrictions on the use of “deep fakes”, or synthetic media that alters a candidates appearance, actions, or speech, in election communications.
NOTE: This bill replaces H425 and removes images from the restrictions. While we still support this legislation, CVI 
is opposed to all forms of intentionally misleading election messages – including altered images.

Status: referred to House State Affairs committee on February 15.

S1260

Support

Ballot Requirement for Unopposed Candidates

Purpose: requires cities with a population of more than 100,000 to hold a city election for elected offices where only one person is running, and must publish the candidate’s name on the ballot for their constituents.

Status: passed the Senate floor vote on February 13. 34 ayes, 1 nay. Referred to House State Affairs on February 14.

S1243

Oppose

Grazing Rights on State Lands

Purpose: creates new “Grazing Permits” for state lands and exempts them from the public auction process laid out by the Idaho Constitution

Status: passed the Senate floor vote on February 13. 31 ayes, 4 nays. Referred to Senate Resources & Conservation committee on February 14.

S1291

Oppose

Public Contracts

Purpose: prohibits the state from engaging in public contracts with companies that are boycotting certain industries (fossil fuel-based energy, timber, minerals, hydroelectric power, nuclear energy, agriculture, or firearms) under Environmental & Social Governance (ESG) standards. 

Status: advanced out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation on February 14, headed to the Senate for a floor vote.

HJM06

Oppose

BLM Opposition Memorial

Purpose: A memorial stating the Idaho Legislature opposes new Bureau of Land Management policy that would add conservation to the same tier of federal land use requirement as revenue-building activities.
(Note: a memorial is legislation expressing the Legislature’s opinion about a federal government matter, and has no impact on state or federal policy.)

Status: referred to House Resources & Conservation committee on February 14.

S1345

Oppose

Private Property & Conservation Officers

Purpose: reduces the power of conservation officers to fulfill their duties while on private property.

Status: introduced in Senate Judiciary & Rules committee February 13.

S1340

Oppose

Big Game Hunting Tags

Purpose: allows outfitters who fill wolf tags to purchase additional big game tags in the same units. This legislation takes away jurisdiction from the experts to manage big game based on data and places the power in the hands of the Legislature with limited expertise. CVI joins Idaho Wildlife Federation in opposing this legislation.

Status: introduced in Senate Resources & Environment committee February 13.

S1279

Monitoring

Definitions of Navigational Encroachments

Purpose: clarifies a definition in the Lake Protection Act that references “navigational encroachments” (piers, docks, and other man-made structures on or within a water source).

Status: advanced out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation on February 12.

H534

Monitoring

Electric Vehicle Fuel

Purpose: creates a definition of “electric fuel” for commercial vehicles in Idaho and imposes a one (1) cent per kilowatt hour tax on electric fuel, making itequivalent to the existing tax on motor fuel. Requires the first distributor of electric fuel to obtain a motor fuel distributor license, and shall be required to use a meter to measure the amount of electric fuel distributed to commercial vehicles.

Status: referred to House Transportation & Defense committee on February 12.

S1251

Support

Federal Political Action Committee Registering & Reporting

Purpose: requires federal political action committees (PACs) to follow the same reporting policies as in-state candidates and PACs, including registering with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office for spending in local elections.

Status: passed through the Senate floor vote on February 6. 30 ayes, 4 nays, 1 absence. Introduced in House State Affairs on February 7.

S1244

Support

Electioneering Prohibitions

Purpose: creates additional restrictions to electioneering (activities promoting specific parties, candidates, issues, etc.) at the polls on Election Day, including extending the required distance for related activities to 250 feet from any polling location.

Status: passed through the Senate floor vote on February 6. 23 ayes, 12 nays. Introduced in the House State Affairs committee on February 7.

H484

Oppose

Big Game Hunting Seasons

Purpose: takes the power from Idaho Fish & Game to determine hunting seasons for big game based on data, puts it into the hands of the Legislature with limited expertise. CVI joins Idaho Wildlife Federation in opposing this legislation.

Status: referred to House Resources & Conservation committee on February 7.

H473

Monitoring

Agricultural Protection Areas

Purpose: provides the legislative authority for local government to receive applications from willing landowners to establish an Agricultural Protection Area.

Status: referred to House Local Government committee on February 6.

H470

Oppose

Office of Elections Crimes & Security

Purpose: removes power from the Secretary of State’s office to handle election security by creating an “Office of Elections Crimes and Security” within the office of the Idaho Attorney General. Responsibility for election security should continue to remain in SoS office, who have the resources and expertise to address concerns properly.

Status: referred to House State Affairs committee on February 5.

S1256

Monitoring

Candidate Disqualification For Prior Convictions

Purpose: disqualifies individuals who have been convicted of certain crimes from running for elected office.

Status: referred to Senate State Affairs committee on January 30.

STALLED/FAILED LEGISLATION

H469

Oppose

Muzzleloader Restrictions

Purpose: prevents Fish & Game from making any restrictions to the use of 209 primers, pelletized powder, or sabots in a muzzleloader-only season. This legislation eliminates rules developed by Idaho Fish & Game that included significant input from experts, stakeholders, and hunters. This type of policy minutiae should be decided through the rule-making process and public and expert input, not one-off legislation. CVI joins Idaho Wildlife Federation in opposing this legislation.

Status: failed to advance out of committee.

S1286

Support

HOA Lawn Requirements

Purpose: allow residents who live in subdivisions to choose whether to have a grass front lawn or xeriscaping. Encouraging the planting of native and drought tolerant species will save water as will the installation of drip irrigation.

Status: failed in committee.

S1245

Oppose

Pesticide Warning Labels

Purpose: provide legal immunity to pesticide manufacturers if their product is approved by EPA for use, even if individuals demonstrate the harm caused by exposure to pesticides.

Status: Failed on the Senate Floor, 15 to 19.

H485

Support

Livestock Compensation

Purpose: establishes a fund for conflict prevention and livestock depredation by grizzly bears and wolves. This fund will provide compensation to livestock owners and producers that have experienced livestock loss.

Status: replaced by H592

H426

Support

FAIR elections Act/A.I.

Purpose: sets restrictions on the use of “deep fakes”, or synthetic media that alters a candidates appearance, actions, or speech, in election communications.
NOTE: This bill replaces H407 and includes new provisions to make disclaimers on AI-generated ads more prominent and provide additional support for affected candidates.

Status: Replaced by H565.

S1218

Support

Campaign Finance Reporting

Purpose: amends current campaign finance reporting laws to require donations under $50 to be included in campaign finance reporting requirements.

Status: failed in the Senate floor vote on February 6.

H407

Support

FAIR elections Act/A.I.

Purpose: sets restrictions on the use of “deep fakes”, or synthetic media that alters a candidates appearance, actions, or speech, in election communications.

Status: Replaced by H426.