IMA Bill Tracker

This tracker lists all the legislation IMA is monitoring and provides status updates, IMA will update this list every Friday


HB 1
: STATE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ACT

Legislation introduced by Assistant Majority Leader Monks (R-Nampa) would limit emergency disaster declarations to 30 days unless both the House and Senate approve an extension. HB 1 also states the governor may not alter, adjust, or suspend Idaho Code during a disaster declaration. The legislation also terminates all existing emergency disaster declarations that have existed for more than 30 days. 

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HB 3: CHILD PROTECTION, NEGLECT

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Ron Nate (R-Rexburg) and would attempt to clarify the definition of neglect to limit parental liability for certain independent activities a child may engage in. 

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HB 4: DISASTERS, PARENTAL RIGHTS

The bill was introduced by Rep. Sage Dixon (R-Ponderay) and would define the Idaho Parental Rights law so that an emergency or disaster declaration could not be used as a compelling reason to intercede in parenting rights. 

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HB 16: STATE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ACT (replaces HB 1)

A substitute version of legislation previously introduced by Assistant Majority Leader Monks (R-Nampa) would limit the length of emergency disaster declarations to a maximum of 30 days unless extended by a legislative concurrent resolution. A change from the previous version clarifies that the governor – and now including state agencies and all other governmental and political entities -- may not alter, adjust or suspend Idaho Code during a disaster declaration. It broadens the scope to cover public health districts, counties, cities, etc. This legislation also terminates all currently existing emergency disaster declarations that have existed longer than 30 days.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HB 17: PROHIBITION ON PUBLIC FUNDS FOR ABORTION (Replaced by HB 220)

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa) and would prohibit public funding to entities that perform abortions. HB 17 allows for an exemption for hospitals.

StatusWill not proceed; failed


HB 20: PROPERTY TAX, MEDICAL DEDUCTION

The bill was introduced by Tom Shaner of the Idaho Tax Commission and would allow a $4,000 standard deduction for medical expenses.

StatusWill not proceed; failed 


HB 33: DISTRICT HEALTH BOARDS - OPPOSE

The bill was introduced by Rep. Megan Blanksma (R-Hammett) and would make several changes to the District Boards of Health. Specifically, actions by the District Board of Health would be reviewed by country commissioners if requested by an affected party, would limit violations of orders to infractions rather than misdemeanors, and extensions of quarantine orders would need approval from the county or city where they are issued.

StatusWill not proceed; failed


HB 34: HEALTH ORDINANCES, CITY LIMITS (Replaced by HB 74)

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Brandon Mitchell (R-Moscow) and limits the enforcement of city ordinances and health orders to within city limits rather than the current five-mile buffer zone beyond the city limits which is current law.

StatusWill not proceed; failed


HB 35: IDAHO TUBERCULOSIS HOSPITAL

The bill was brought forward by Scott Hutton from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and would repeal an outdated 1941 law to establish a tuberculosis hospital in Gooding. Idaho does not currently maintain a tuberculosis hospital.

StatusLAW


HB 36: VITAL STATISTICS, RECORDS

The bill is proposed by James Aydelotte from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. HB 36 would eliminate two inactive provisions regarding reporting requests for consent on artificial insemination and a section of Idaho Code that creates a barrier for the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics to interact with relevant agencies.

StatusLAW


HB 37: NURSING DISCIPLINARY ACTION

This legislation was introduced by Russ Barron from the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses which oversees the Board of Nursing. The bill would allow the Board of Nursing to take immediate action on a license if a nurse were to enter a guilty plea involving a criminal act.  

StatusLAW


HB 38: TELEHEALTH, PRESCRIBING

The bill was brought forward by Nicki Chopski from the Board of Pharmacy and changes telehealth prescribing to match Title 21 of federal law and similar prescribing standards that have been utilized during the pandemic. IMA is monitoring this legislation closely to ensure the appropriate patient safety standards are in place for telehealth prescribing.

StatusLAW


HB 39: CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, AUTHORITY

This legislation was brought forward by Nicki Chopski from the Board of Pharmacy and would bring the prescription drug monitoring program under the Department of Occupational and Professional Licenses.

StatusLAW


HB 40: PHARMACY ACT

This bill was brought forward by Nicki Chopski from the Board of Pharmacy and would update the Pharmacy Act to make certain waivers during the COVID-19 pandemic permanent with respect to pharmacist prescribing. IMA is monitoring this legislation closely to ensure the appropriate patient safety standards are in place for telehealth prescribing.

StatusLAW


HB 42: MEDICAL DEBT COLLECTION EXTENSION - SUPPORT

This legislation was co-introduced by IMA, Idaho Hospital Association, Melaleuca, Representative Monks (R-Nampa) and Senator Anthon (R-Burley). The bill allows for a delay to the Idaho Patient Act to July 1, 2021 while also providing continued protections for patients such as limitations on attorney’s fees. This legislation was negotiated and agreed to by IMA, IHA, and Melaleuca and discussions will continue on how to improve the Idaho Patient Act.

Status: LAW. For more information on what this means for your practice click here


HB 52: CONVERSION THERAPY, MINORS

This legislation was introduced by Rep. John McCrostie (D-Boise) and would prohibit licensed mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy on patients under the age of 18.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HB 56: ABORTION, ILLEGAL

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard) and would make abortion illegal in Idaho and define life as starting at conception. It also repeals an Idaho Code that prohibits the prosecution of abortion as murder.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HB 63: VACCINATION FORCED MANDATES

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Tammy Nichols (R-Middleton) and prohibits local, state, city, public health districts, and other public entities from requiring vaccines during a state of emergency.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HB 67: SCHOOLS, INFECTIOUS DISEASE

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt (R-Eagle) and would not allow the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, public health districts, and cities to close schools. This role would be reserved for elected school boards and charter school boards.

Status: LAW


HB 68: HIGHER EDUCATION, INFECTIOUS DISEASE

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Ryan Kerby (R-Eagle) and would specify that the individual higher education institutions in consultation with the state board of education shall set policy regarding infectious disease outbreaks. The state board of education shall also have the authority over closures.

Status: LAW


HB 74: CITIES, HEALTH ORDINANCES (replaces HB 34)

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Brandon Mitchell (R-Moscow) and is a revised version of HB 34. The bill eliminates a 5-mile buffer zone of city ordinances and also a 1-mile buffer zone that applies to the corporate limits of a city.

StatusLAW

HB 77: CHILD PROTECTION, NEGLECTED

This legislation was proposed by Rep. Ron Nate (R-Rexburg) and amends the definition of neglected to clarify what actions are defined as neglect or endangering a child.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HB 83: APPROPRIATIONS, SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT
This legislation is the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee’s bill which would fund the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention at $4,000,000. 

Status:
LAW


HB 97: COVID-19 VACCINE ADMINISTRATION - OPPOSE
The legislation was introduced by Rep John Gannon (D-Boise) and Rep. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa) and states that 70% of the vaccine distribution must be distributed by providers within 14 days. If a provider fails to notify the state that vaccines have not been distributed, they face a $5,000 penalty and those doses are subject to reassignment.

Status: Will not proceed; failed 


HB 98: DISASTER EMERGENCIES, GOV POWERS (replaces HB 16)
The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jason Monks (R-Meridian) and would change how employment and emergency declarations function. HB 98 would make all jobs in Idaho essential and would require that emergency declarations by the governor can only last 60 days except for the purposes of receiving federal funds. 

Status:
Will not proceed; failed 


HB 108: MEDICAL CANNABIS
The legislation was introduced Rep. Ilana Rubel (D-Boise) and Rep. Mike Kingsley (R-Lewiston) and would create a regulated system of medically recommended cannabis. Patients 21 and older with certain diagnoses would be eligible to be approved by a qualifying practitioner for a medical cannabis card. A qualified practitioner would be defined as a person currently authorized to prescribe Schedule 2 drugs. The bill would create 28 medical cannabis pharmacies in Idaho and would allow for the dispensing of 30 and 60-day amounts in certain geographical circumstances. HB 108 allows for up to 22% percent THC and smoking in public would not be permitted. Furthermore, no growing or production of cannabis would be allowed in Idaho. 

Status
: Will not proceed; failed


HB 115: HOSPITAL BOARDS
This legislation was introduced by Rod Furniss (R-Rigby) and the Idaho Hospital Association and would clarify that a district hospital has a duty to provide and maintain facilities and services. The legislation helps prevent fiduciary conflicts from occurring on hospital district boards and provides consistency in the term’s “director” and “trustee.”

Status
: LAW


HB 135: DISASTER EMERGENCIES, GOV POWERS (replaces HB 98) - OPPOSE
The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jason Monks (R-Meridian) and would change how employment and emergency declarations function. HB 135 would make all jobs in Idaho essential and would require that emergency declarations by the governor can only last 60 days unless extended under certain purposes to receive federal funding. The bill also clarifies the governor may alter Idaho rules and regulations but not Idaho law during a disaster declaration. 

Status
: Passed the Legislature & vetoed by governor; veto upheld. Will not proceed; failed


HB 140: MEDICAL CONSUMER PROTECTION, VACCINES OPPOSE
The legislation was introduced by Rep. Priscilla Giddings (R-White Bird) and would change Idaho law so employers who contract with the state of Idaho shall not discriminate against unvaccinated employees.

Status
Will not proceed; failed


HB 149: CORONAVIRUS IMMUNITY, SUNSET DATE SUPPORT
The legislation was introduced by Rep. Julianne Young (R-Blackfoot) and would extend the liability protections for employers in relation to COVID-19 that were passed during the special session in August 2020 to July 1, 2022.

Status
LAW 


HB 168: KRATOM CONSUMER PROTECTION
The legislation was introduced by Tammy Nichols (R-Middleton) and would classify kratom as a food and bans kratom products that are deemed adulterated by the standards set forth in the legislation of no more than 2% of the overall alkaloid composition.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HB 179: INTERSTATE TELEHEALTH - OPPOSE
This legislation was introduced by Gayann DeMordaunt (R-Eagle) and would permanently allow out of state providers to practice telehealth in Idaho without an official license from the Idaho Board of Medicine. The IMA lobby team has raised concerns about HB 179 with key members of the Idaho Legislature and worked with stakeholders on SB 1126 to propose consensus improvements to virtual care delivery in Idaho.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HB 190: PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, FRAUD

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Chad Christensen (R-Iona) and would establish a Public Assistance Fraud Control Unit in the Idaho State Police.

Status
: Will not proceed; failed


HB 191: TEMPORARY CAREGIVERS
This legislation was introduced by Sage Dixon (R-Ponderay) and would permit a parent or guardian to use the assistance of a temporary care assistance program operated by a qualified nonprofit organization to identify an appropriate and safe approved temporary caregiver to whom the parent or guardian can choose to delegate temporary care responsibility of a minor through a power of attorney.

Status: LAW


HB 195: TARGETED PICKETING
This legislation was introduced by Rep. Green (D-Boise) and Rep. Chaney (R-Caldwell) and would prohibit targeted residential picketing. Demonstrations in front a person’s residence with the intent to harass, harm, annoy, or alarm would be prohibited. 

Status: Failed on the House floor by a vote of 31-38; will not proceed 


HB 202: DISASTER DEFINITIONS - OPPOSE

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Julianne Young (R-Blackfoot) and would not allow the governor to declare an epidemic unless 25% of people are infected and a 1.5% fatality rate is reached or declare a severe epidemic unless 30% are infected and a 2.5% fatality rate is reached.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HB 208: FDA LABELING
This legislation was introduced by Marco Erickson (R-Idaho Falls) and would remove the requirement that pharmacists only prescribe FDA -approved drugs.

Status: LAW


HB 209: MEDICAID STABILIZATION FUND - SUPPORT
The legislation was introduced by both chairmen of the Health and Welfare committees, Rep. Wood (R-Burley) and Sen. Martin (R-Boise), and would create a dedicated fund for Medicaid funding instead of reverting surplus dollars from Medicaid back to the General Fund. This would help pay for unanticipated costs for care and ensure that Medicaid funding is spent on Medicaid patients. 

Status: Failed on the House floor by a vote of 25-42; will not proceed 


HB 216: MEDICAID APPROPRIATIONS - SUPPORT

This is the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee supplemental bill which would fund key components of Medicaid including expansion.

Status: LAW


HB 220: PROHIBITION ON PUBLIC FUNDS FOR ABORTION (Replaces HB 17)

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa) and would prohibit public funding to entities that perform abortions. HB 220 allows for an exemption for hospitals.

StatusLAW


HB 234: CITIES, HEALTH

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Jason Monks (R-Meridian) and would make quarantine laws only enforceable within city boundaries similar to HB 74 and would clarify the definition of quarantine. Adds definition for quarantine under municipal laws.

StatusWill not proceed; failed


HB 281: MASK MANDATES, PROHIBITION - OPPOSE (Replaced by HB 339)

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Karey Hanks (R-St. Anthony) and would prohibit the state and political subdivisions from requiring masks or face shields for the purpose of preventing the spread of an infectious or contagious disease.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HB 291: BUSINESS BILL OF RIGHTS - OPPOSE

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa) and would end emergency declarations in Idaho if the emergency prevents businesses from operating. HB 291 proposes a new section of Idaho code that prohibits government entities from threatening or revoking a business license, occupational license, of issue fines or sanctions during an emergency.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HB 298: IMMUNIZATIONS, EXEMPTIONS

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt (R-Eagle) and Sen. Lori DenHartog (R-Meridian) and would require school officials to notify parents or guardians of their right to exempt preschool through 12th grade students from immunizations

Status: LAW


HB 302: ABORTION, DOWN SYNDROME

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Kevin Andrus (R-Lava Hot Springs) and would require the Department of Health and Welfare to provide a mother, who is considering abortion, with information about the resources available in the public and private sector to support a decision to choose life for her baby.

Status: LAW 


HB 315: OPIOID SETTLEMENT FUND

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy (R-Troy) and creates a state directed fund for the money Idaho receives from settlements from opioid litigation. The money would be used for opioid prevention and recovery.

Status: LAW


HB 316: PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICTS, AID

This legislation was introduced by Rep. John Vander Woude (R-Nampa) and would state that if a U.S. citizen is eligible for health insurance, that individual would not be eligible for assistance from the Catastrophic Health Care Program fund or indigent program. The legislation also changes the funding support for public health districts from the current state funding to county support. IMA worked with IHA to secure a delay in the implantation date to March 1, 2022.

Status: LAW


HB 339: MASK MANDATES, PROHIBITED (Replaces HB 281) - OPPOSE

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Karey Hanks (R-St. Anthony) and would prohibit government agencies such as state and local entities from requiring masks for the purpose of preventing or slowing the spread of a contagious or infectious disease. The legislation does not apply to hospitals or health care facilities. Amended to include a penalty stating that a violation would result in termination of a disaster emergency or public health order.

Status: Will not proceed; failed

HB 363: TOBACCO, LOCAL REUGULATIONS (Replaces SB 1087)

This legislation was sponsored by Rep. John Vander Woude (R-Nampa), and the Idaho Retailers Association. The legislation preempts local government units from enacting stricter laws than the state adopts including adding additional fees. It does allow local government units to regulate the use of tobacco products in public.


Status: Will not proceed; failed

HB 366: ABORTION, FETAL HEARTBEAT (Replaces SB 1183)

This legislation was introduced by the Family Policy Alliance of Idaho and would prohibit abortion procedures when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. This legislation alters the penalties for abortion to make it a criminal action to perform an abortion not compliant with the act if the health care professional acts intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly.

Status:LAW


HB 391: GOVERNOR, DISASTER DECLARATIONS (Replaces HB 135)

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jason Monks (R-Meridian) and contains certain provisions of HB 135 that was vetoed by the governor. Specifically, the legislation says that constitutional rights cannot be suspended during a declared emergency.

Status: LAW


HB 392: GOVERNOR, DISASTER DECLARATIONS (Replaces HB 135)

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jason Monks (R-Meridian) and contains certain provisions of HB 135 that was vetoed by the governor. Specifically, the legislation says the executive branch cannot change laws during a declared emergency and only the legislature can create and amend laws.

Status: LAW


HB 393: GOVERNOR, DISASTER DECLARATIONS (Replaces HB 135)

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jason Monks (R-Meridian) and contains certain provisions of HB 135 that was vetoed by the governor. Specifically, the legislation says that all jobs are essential and cannot be restricted during a declared emergency.

Status: LAW


HJR 1: SESSIONS OF THE LEGISLATURE (Replaced by SJR 102)

A resolution introduced by Rep. Steven Harris (R-Meridian) would propose an amendment to the Idaho Constitution to allow the House and Senate to convene a special session within 15 days if 60% of the House and Senate provide a written request.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HJR 2: BALLOT INITIATIVES

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Colin Nash (D-Boise) and would prevent the legislature from amending the current statewide requirements for signatures on ballot initiatives.

StatusWill not proceed; failed


HJR 4: CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, LEG VOTE (Replaces SJR 101)

This legislation was introduced by Sen. Scott Grow (R-Eagle) and Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa) and would propose a constitutional amendment to the voters in the 2022 November election that would prohibit legalization of controlled substances unless approved by two-thirds of the Idaho Legislature.

Status: Failed to reach the two-thirds necessary to pass the House by a vote of 42-28; will not proceed 


HCR 1: DISASTER DECLARATIONS

This resolution introduced by Rep. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard) would end the current emergency disaster declaration which would result in impacting Idaho’s ability to receive some federal funds. 

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HCR 2GATHERINGS, GROUP SIZES
This resolution introduced by Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) would eliminate the restriction on gatherings of 10 or more people pursuant to the governor’s Emergency Declaration. 

StatusWill not proceed; failed


HCR 4: OPEN DISASTER EMERGENCIES

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Jason Monks (R-Nampa) and would allow the continuation of six active emergency declarations relating to weather and flooding and could only be eliminated by the Legislature with a concurrent resolution.

StatusWill not proceed; failed 


HCR 5: GATHERING PROHIBITION, NULL

The legislation was introduced by Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) and would make clear the Idaho Legislature supports removing all gathering prohibitions in relation to activities such as high school sporting events.

StatusWill not proceed; failed


HCR 6: PRESCRIPTION FORMULA, INSURANCE

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Ilana Rubel (D-Boise) and would call for the Department of Insurance to work with stakeholders to allow medically necessary prescription formula to be covered by insurance in Idaho.

Status: Passed


HCR 9: IMMUNIZATIONS, REQUIREMENTS

The legislation was introduced by Tammy Nichols (R-Middleton) and would express that the Idaho Legislature does not support mandating vaccinations.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HCR 11: 988 HOTLINE, MENTAL HEALTH, SUICIDE- SUPPORT

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Laurie Lickley (R-Jerome) and would request that the Idaho Legislature partner with the Idaho Suicide Prevention Action Collective and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to recognize 988 as the new mental health and suicide prevention crisis phone number starting July of 2022.

Status: Passed


HCR 14: FORCED VACCINATION

This legislation was introduced by Rep. Tammy Nichols (R-Middleton) and would affirm the Idaho Legislature opposes mandating or forcing vaccinations.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


HR 4: RECESS, HOUSE, DECEMBER

The legislation introduced by Rep. Megan Blanksma (R-Hammett) would recess the House and suspend their per diem payments no later than December 31, 2021, subject to the call of the Speaker.

Status: PASSED


SB 1001
STATE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ACT

The legislation was introduced by Senator Pro Tempore (R-Boise) and amends existing law to revise the definitions of “disaster” and “disaster emergency account.” This change is aimed at ensuring the state will still receive federal funds if a state emergency were to end. The legality of this legislation remains a question. 

StatusWill not proceed; failed


SB 1002STATE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ACT

The legislation was introduced by Senator Pro Tempore (R-Boise) and amends existing law to provide for the payment of obligations and expenses incurred by the state of Idaho through the Idaho Office of Emergency Management arising out of a declared state of disaster emergency. Like SB 1001, the legislation is intended to ensure the state will receive federal funds if a state emergency were to end. 

StatusWill not proceed; failed



SB 1003MARTIAL LAW
The legislation was introduced by Senator Pro Tempore (R-Boise) and amends existing law to limit the governor’s powers in a state of emergency to preclude certain activities such as the right to work. It also limits how an emergency declaration may be extended. 

StatusWill not proceed; failed


SB 1016: RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICE ACT

The legislation was introduced by Anne Lawler from the Board of Medicine and updates the Respiratory Therapy Care Practice Act by deleting outdated provisions and removing barriers to licensure for applicants under the Board of Medicine.

StatusLAW   


SB 1017CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
The legislation was introduced by the Idaho Board of Pharmacy and amends existing law to place synthetic cannabinoids in Schedule I, an opiate in Schedule II and another substance in Schedule V as well as one technical correction in Schedule IV. This change would regulate the substances consistent with federal law. 

StatusLAW   


SB 1024: OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING, HIRING

This legislation was introduced by Russ Barron from the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses (DOPL) and would further direct the reorganization of certain licensing boards under DOPL by establishing hiring practices.

StatusLAW 


SB 1026: OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING, BOARDS

This legislation was introduced by Russ Barron from the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses (DOPL) and would further direct the reorganization by placing the licensing boards under DOPL as opposed to currently having freestanding boards. This includes the Board of Medicine.

StatusLAW 


SB 1031: DISASTER EMERGENCY ACCOUNT (Replaced by SB 1134)

The bill was introduced by Sen. Mark Harris (R-Soda Springs) and would attempt to allow the recovery of federal funds after a state of emergency declaration is ended. Allows Legislature to approve governor’s request to utilize a 1% increase of annual appropriations from the general fund into the disaster emergency account, through a concurrent resolution.

StatusWill not proceed; failed


SB 1037: MENTALLY ILL PROCEDURES

The legislation was brought forward by Jason Spillman from the Administrative Office of the Courts. The bill, at the recommendation from the Supreme Court, fills an omission in current law to set procedures in place for mentally ill persons who are committed.

StatusLAW 


SB 1041: EXCESSIVE PRICES, EMERGENCY

This legislation was introduced by Sen. Guthrie (R-McCammon) and clarifies the law regarding excessive pricing during a declared emergency. The legislation states that the law applies to an exorbitant increase in prices, not margin between wholesale and retail.

StatusLAW 


SB 1050: CONTRACEPTION HEALTH PLAN (replaced with SB 1098)

This legislation was introduced by Sen. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) and would require health plans to cover a 12-month supply of contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The enrollee or provider can request a smaller supply.

StatusWill not proceed; failed


SB 1054: EXTREME PERIL, GOVERNOR’S POWERS

This legislation was introduced by Sen. Kelly Anthon (R-Burley) and would limit the amount of time the governor can maintain a declaration of extreme peril with the approval of the legislature. It also states the Idaho workers are essential during an emergency and limits the laws the governor can suspend during an emergency.

StatusWill not proceed; failed


SB 1060: PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS
The legislation was introduced by Sen. Steve Vick (R-Dalton Gardens) and would require orders issues by a Public Health District to be approved the County Commission where the order would apply.

Status
LAW 


SB 1084: OCCUPATIONAL LICENSURE COMMITTEE
This legislation was introduced by Senator Lori Den Hartog (R-Meridian) and Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt (R-Eagle) and would allow for the Sunrise Review Committee to review existing licensure requirements and regulations and determine their necessity. 

Status
: LAW 


SB 1085: FETAL HEARTBEAT (Replaced by SB 1183)
This legislation was introduced by the Family Policy Alliance of ID and Senator Patti Anne Lodge (R-Caldwell) and would prohibit abortion procedures when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. IMA worked with the bill sponsors to ensure the bill does not violate IMA policy that would make legal procedures subject to criminal penalties. The IMA also worked to improve several other components of the bill such as appropriate certification of rape and incest. 

Status
: Will not proceed; failed


SB 1087: TOBACCO AGE (Replaced by HB 363)
This legislation was sponsored by Kelly Anthon (R-Burley), Rep. John Vander Woude (R-Nampa), and the Idaho Retailers Association. The bill would change the age for use in tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 and allow 18–20-year olds to handle them in their course of employment. The legislation also preempts local government units from enacting stricter laws than the state adopts including adding additional fees. It does allow local government units to regulate the use of tobacco products in public.

Status
: Will not proceed; failed


SB 1092: NEW HOSPITAL, MEDICAID
This legislation would allow a new hospital in Idaho to be eligible for Medicaid reimbursement at a fee for service level and then move to a value-based care model at the end of the 36-month period. 

Status:
Will not proceed; failed


SB 1093: PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS – NEUTRAL 
This legislation was introduced by the Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants and would replace individual physician supervision with a requirement for collaborative agreements in which physician assistants operate in a care team care delivery model. Specifically, the bill would allow for a physician assistant to be overseen by employing groups of providers, but the physician assistant is responsible for the care they deliver and must obtain their own professional liability insurance. 

Status:
LAW 


SB 1098: CONTRACEPTION HEALTH PLAN (Replaces SB 1050)
This legislation was introduced by Sen. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) and would require health plans to cover a 12-month supply of contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The enrollee or provider can request a smaller supply.

Status
: Failed on the Senate floor by a vote of 16-18; will not proceed 


SB 1125: SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE - SUPPORT (Replaced by HCR 11)

This legislation was introduced by the Idaho Suicide Prevention Action Collective and would establish a framework to collect fees for the new suicide hotline number which is scheduled being in January of 2022. The legislation will generate roughly $20 million per year from phone line assessments and that money would be subject to appropriations for mental health crisis care and suicide prevention.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


SB 1126: VIRTUAL CARE ACCESS - SUPPORT

This legislation was introduced by Sen. Fred Martin (R-Boise) and would implement the Telehealth Task Force recommendations to improve access and sustain utilization of virtual care. IMA sat on the task force and helped craft the model legislation which would update terminology, maintain an appropriate establishment of a provider-patient relationship, and establish a virtual care advisory board to continue to make recommendations for increasing virtual care adoption and utilization in Idaho.

Status: Will not proceed; failed - refer to the March 12 legislative update


SB 1127: TELEHEALTH TECHNOLOGIES - OPPOSED

The legislation was introduced by Teladoc and would change existing law from a provider-patient relationship being established by a two-way audio or audio-visual interaction to a broader definition. The IMA has concerns with a broader definition encompassing text or email to establish a provider-patient relationship and how this might lead to unsafe practices.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


SB 1128: NATUROPATH PRACTITIONERS - OPPOSED

This legislation was introduced by the Naturopathic Physicians Association of Idaho and would allow naturopaths that are currently unlicensed to receive a license through a newly established Board of Naturopathic health care under the Department of Occupational and Professional Licenses. IMA has expressed concern with the legislation and licensing this group of naturopaths beyond their appropriate education level.

Status: Will not proceed; failed


SB 1134: DISASTER EMERGENCY ACCOUNT (Replaces SB 1031)

This legislation was introduced by Sen. Mark Harris (R-Soda Springs) and would attempt to allow for the recovery of federal funds after a Declaration of State Emergency has expired or was terminated.

Status: LAW 

SB 1136: AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNOR

This legislation was introduced by Sen. Kelly Anthon (R-Burley) and would limit the amount of time a governor can maintain the declaration of an emergency, declares all work in Idaho essential, prohibits suspending the right to assemble and prohibits the governor from suspending Idaho law during an emergency.

Status: Passed the Legislature & vetoed by governor; veto upheld. Will not proceed; failed


S
B 1139: HEALTH AND WELFARE DIRECTOR, DUTIES

This legislation was introduced by Sen. Peter Riggs (R-Post Falls) and would update definitions of the duties of the Director of the Department of Health and Welfare as it relates to a pandemic. The legislation aims to clarify the process of disaster declarations and isolation orders during a pandemic, chemical, or biological attack.

Status: LAW  


SB 1143: MEDICARE POLICIES STANDARDS

The legislation was introduced by Blue Cross of Idaho and would allow individual health policy holders to change their Medicare Supplement plan each year without going through the underwriting process.

Status: LAW

SB 1175: APPROP, EDU BD, HLTH PRGMS, ORIG (GME FUNDING) - SUPPORT

This legislation is the fiscal year 2022 appropriation for Health Education Programs and is sponsored by Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking (D-Boise). The bill fully funds the governor’s request for GME funding at $900,000 which would create 15 new residency slots in Idaho. SB 1175 is a top priority for IMA.

Status: LAW – See April 23rd legislative report for more details


SB 1183: ABORTION, FETAL HEARTBEAT (Replaced by HB 366)

This legislation was introduced by the Family Policy Alliance of Idaho and would prohibit abortion procedures when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. This legislation alters the penalties for abortion to make it a criminal action to perform an abortion not compliant with the act if the health care professional acts intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly.

Status: Passed the Legislature & vetoed by governor; veto upheld. Will not proceed; failed


SB 1185: APPROP, H&W MEDICAID - SUPPORT

This is the fiscal year 2022 appropriations bill for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Division of Medicaid.

Status: LAW


SB 1217: EXTREME EMERGENCIES (Replaces SB 1136)

The legislation was introduced by Sen. Kelly Anthon (R-Burley) and would declare all jobs essential during a declared emergency, prohibit restricting second amendment rights during a declared emergency, and would give the legislature a larger role in creating and extending emergency declarations.

Status: LAW


SCR 1: DISASTER EMERGENCIES

A resolution introduced by Senate Pro Tempore Winder (R-Boise) would end the governor’s emergency orders but includes language aimed at maintaining declarations that allow Idaho to continue to receive federal funding. 

Status: Passed the Legislature & vetoed by governor; veto upheld. Will not proceed; failed


SCR 3: ISOLATION ORDERS, TERMINATED

This legislation was introduced by Sen. Steve Vick (R-Dalton Gardens) and would terminate the governor’s Dec. 30, 2020 emergency order, essentially removing Idaho from Stage 2 of the governor’s reopening plan. On Jan. 29th, Gov. Little announced Idaho moved to Stage 3, thus nullifying the legislation.

StatusPassed the Legislature & vetoed by governor; veto upheld. Will not proceed; failed


SJR 101: PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS – (Replaced by HJR 4)

Sen. Scott Grow (R-Eagle) introduced a joint resolution that proposes a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the distribution, manufacturing, and use of illegal drugs. The legislation allows for drugs that are currently illegal to be exempted in the legislation’s prohibition IF the Food and Drug Administration and the State of Idaho approve the use of a drug based on emerging science, which would prove the safety and therapeutic benefits of such drug. This legislation would need two-thirds support in the Senate and House to be included in the 2022 general election for the consideration of Idahoans. The IMA Board of Trustees issued a supportive statement, citing the damaging effects of illegal drugs on Idaho families.

Status: Passed the Legislature & vetoed by governor; veto upheld. Will not proceed; failed

SJR 102: SPECIAL SESSIONS (Replaces HJR 1)

The resolution was introduced by President Pro-Tem Chuck Winder (R-Boise) and Majority Leader Kelly Anthon (R-Burley) and would amend the Idaho Constitution to allow the Legislature to call itself back into session within 15 days with a written request from 60% of House and Senate. The amendment to the Constitution would be voted on by Idahoans during the November 2022 election.

Status: Passed; will be a question on the ballot for Idahoans to consider in November 2022