In This Issue:
Draft Legislation on Campaign Finance
Next Wednesday, February 13, a bill on campaign finance may be introduced during the Senate Affairs meeting. We were able to secure a copy of the draft legislation (CLICK HERE to read it) and did some analysis of it for your review.
On the surface, the legislation appears to be aimed specifically at organizations who routinely engage in electioneering communications. However, there are some sections of the legislation that could impact many charitable organizations who advocate for ballot measures or routinely engage elected officials in their work (and broadcast such activity through their newsletters or other communications).
We would like to draw your attention to them here:
At this time the Idaho Nonprofit Center is not taking a position for or against the proposed (and not yet printed) legislation. We just want to make you aware of the possibility and encourage you to contact the Senate Affairs Committee to voice your concerns (or your support).
CLICK HERE to find the list of committee members. (click the Members tab for names and contact information)
We will be monitoring the progress of this legislation and will keep you informed throughout the session.
Bill Tracking Resource
For all nonprofits who routinely advocate to advance their mission, we wanted to make sure you know about the Bill Tracker resource on our Idaho State Legislature page. CLICK HERE to log in or set up an account.
My Bill Tracker is a real-time web-based bill tracking system that allows users to follow and track legislation throughout the legislative bill process. By maintaining lists of legislation, users are able to follow the progress of the legislation they are interested in without having to sort or search through an entire years’ worth of work from the legislature. This web-based application is available at no charge to its users.
By creating multiple lists, users are able to categorize the legislation they wish to track. For example, grouping all taxation related bills on one list, and all education related legislation on another. Legislation can also be added to multiple lists, moved from one list to another, or copied from one list to another. For example, the same bill might be included in lists regarding taxation, transportation, and agriculture.
This is a great tool and we highly recommend using it throughout the session.
Follow the Idaho Legislature With ‘Idaho in Session’
Stay informed about the discussions, issues and legislation that affect your nonprofit with Idaho Public Television’s ‘Idaho in Session.’ This free online service provides live feeds of the Idaho House and Senate; the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC); and the Lincoln Auditorium, East Wing 42, and eight additional committee legislative hearing rooms while the Idaho Legislature is in session.
Contacting Idaho’s Senators and Congressmen
Legislative Watch is written by Albertine Amouzougan, a student at Boise State University.
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