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.

This page summarizes the final passage/failure of priority bills we monitored in the 2024 legislative session.
The session adjourned on April 10, 2024.

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PASSED LEGISLATION

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: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 11.

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: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 11. Law goes into effect on July 1, 2024.

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: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 11. Law goes into effect July 1, 2024.

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: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 12. Law goes into effect July 1, 2024.

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: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 12. Law goes into effect immediately.

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: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 13. Law goes into effect on July 1, 2024.

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: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 18.

Office of Energy & Mineral Resources Budget

Purpose: the annual budget request for operating OEMR, including electrical grid enhancements.
Status: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 18. Law goes into effect July 1, 2024.

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: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 18.

False Pesticide Damage Claims

Purpose: creates a misdemeanor charge for false damage claims regarding pesticide or fertilizer exposure.
Status: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 18. Law goes into effect July 1, 2024.

Parks & Recreation Budget

Purpose: the annual budget request for operating the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation. This request includes an important $5 million to continue the Idaho Outdoor Recreation Fund for community-led conservation projects, and a request for $15 million to complete maintenance projects in our state parks.
Status: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 18. Law goes into effect July 1, 2024.

Electioneering Messaging in Government Correspondence

Purpose: prohibits electioneering messages on tax-related correspondence between the State of Idaho and taxpayers.
Status: signed into law by Governor Little on March 18. Law goes into effect July 1, 2024.

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: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 18. Law goes into effect immediately.

Department of Environmental Quality Budget

Purpose: the annual budget request for operating the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.
Status: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 19. Law goes into effect immediately.

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: signed into law by Governor Little on March 21.

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: signed into law by Governor Little on March 25. 

Wolf Depredation Control Board

Purpose: enables the Wold Depredation Control Board to pay for livestock compensation to farmers who lose livestock to wolves.
Status: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 26. 

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: signed into law by Governor Little on March 26.

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: adopted by the Idaho Legislature.

Elections and Non-Citizens

Purpose: Amends existing law to provide that individuals who are not citizens of the United States cannot vote in any election in the State of Idaho. Current law already dictates that only citizens can participate in Idaho’s elections; this legislation is unnecessary and too vague in defining “elections”, meaning it doesn’t contain the law to government elections.
Status: adopted by the Idaho Legislature.

Election Canvass Reporting

Purpose: updates requirements for the review of votes cast by the clerk’s office following election day and before the board of canvassers meets to make the results official.
Status: Signed into law by Governor Little on March 26. 

Planning & Zoning for Impact Areas

Purpose: provides criteria for impact area boundary decisions, establishes a two-mile distance standard and provides a five year planning time frame for impact areas. (Impact areas are areas outside city limits where cities plan growth in the near future.)
Status: signed into law by Governor Little on March 28.

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: signed into law by Governor Little on March 29. Law goes into effect July 1, 2024.

Highway User Revenue for Motor Vehicles

Purpose: requires all highway-user revenue to be  spent only on operations, infrastructure, and administration that will benefit motor vehicles in the local highway jurisdictions.
Status: signed into law by Governor Little on April 1.

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: Signed into law by Governor Little on April 1.

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: signed into law by Governor Little on April 1.

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: signed into law by Governor Little on April 2. 

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: signed into law by Governor Little on April 4.

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: signed into law by Governor Little on April 4.

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: signed into law by Governor Little on April 8.

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. This legislation is mostly unnecessary, but we are supportive of the exceptions that allow ballots to be gathered by election officials, U.S. Mail and common carrier employees and contractors, family members, caregivers, members of the voter’s household, and anyone hired by the voter to convey the ballot.
Status: signed into law by Governor Little.

Idaho Launch Appropriations

Purpose: allocates the needed appropriations to the Workforce Development Council, including funding for the Launch Grants from the In-Demand Careers Fund.
Status: signed into law by Governor Little.

FAILED LEGISLATION

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. Failed to receive a hearing in the House.

Out-of-State Hunting Tags

Purpose: shifts most general out-of-state hunter tags for deer, elk, and pronghorn from a first-come, first-served over-the-counter system to a drawing-based system, starting on November 15, 2026.
Status: passed the House floor vote on March 21. 55 ayes, 14 nays, 1 absent. Failed to receive a hearing in the Senate.

Highway Layout for Motor Vehicles

Purpose: requires the laying out of new highways to prioritize motorists; and to revise provisions regarding the authority of commissioners with respect to highways.
Status: failed to receive a committee hearing.

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: passed the House floor vote on March 1. 57 ayes, 10 nays, 3 absent. Failed to receive a Senate floor vote.

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Restrictions

Purpose: prevents any city, county, or any other political subdivision from requiring the
installation of an electric vehicle circuit as part of any new construction.
Status: passed the House floor vote on March 19. 46 ayes, 23 nays, 1 absent. Failed to receive a hearing in the Senate.

Presidential Primary Election

Purpose: establishing the presidential preference primary in Idaho
Status: passed the Senate floor vote on March 12. 31 ayes, 4 nays. Failed to receive a hearing in the House.

Election Date Consolidation

Purpose: consolidates the May primary election, Presidential election into one date (the third Tuesday of April).
Status: Passed the Senate floor vote on March 11. 23 ayes, 12 nays. Failed to receive a hearing in the House.

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: passed the House floor vote on March 7. 49 ayes, 20 nays, 1 absent. Failed to receive a hearing in the Senate.

Electric Utilities Tax Structure

Purpose: replace the property tax on electric utilities with a tax based on kilowatt hours sold.
Status: failed to receive a hearing.

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: passed the House floor vote on February 29. 35 ayes, 34 nays, 1 absent. Failed to receive a hearing in the Senate.

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. Failed to receive a hearing in the House.

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. Failed to receive a hearing in the House.

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. Failed to receive a hearing in the House.

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. Failed to receive a hearing in the House.

Private Property & Conservation Officers

Purpose: reduces the power of conservation officers to fulfill their duties while on private property.
Status: failed to receive a hearing.

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: failed to receive a hearing.

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: failed to receive a hearing.

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: failed to receive a hearing.

Agricultural Protection Areas

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

Candidate Disqualification For Prior Convictions

Purpose: disqualifies individuals who have been convicted of certain crimes from running for elected office.
Status: failed to receive a committee hearing.

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. Election security is and should be the responsibility of the Secretary of State. Idaho has one of the safest and most secure election processes in the State. This bill hands unreasonable power to the Attorney General while cutting the Secretary of state completely out of election security.
Status: failed the House floor vote by 1 vote.

Pesticide Manufacturer Legal Immunity

Purpose: provides more legal immunity to multinational manufacturers of pesticide by reducing warning label requirements, at the expense of Idahoans’ health.
Note: This bill replaces S1245 and H653. 
Status: failed to receive a hearing.

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.
Note: This bill replaces H573. 
Status: failed to receive a hearing.

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: replaced by new 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: advanced out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation on February 28. Failed to receive a House floor vote.

Constitutional Amendment on Voting

Purpose: Proposes an amendment to the state constitution that requires legislative, judge, and county elections to be conducted by one round of voting with the single candidate with the most votes determined the winner.
Status: Failed in the House floor vote on March 11. 42 nays, 27 ayes, 1 absent.

Electric Vehicle Charging Restrictions

Purpose: prevents any city, county, or any other political subdivision from requiring the installation of an electric vehicle circuit as part of any new construction.
Status: replaced by H704.

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: replaced by S1394.

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: replaced by H664.

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: replaced by H667.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.