Happening Now in Idaho
The most important legislative items affecting nonprofits in Idaho:
Idaho Nonprofit Center Bill Tracker
Track the status of all bills mentioned in the Legislative Watch as they make their way through the legislation using the online 2022 Bill Tracker.
OSHA Withdraws COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard
On Tuesday, January 25th, OSHA withdrew its Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard; the agency has stated it has plans to focus on prioritizing a permanent COVID-19 Healthcare Standard. The withdrawal of this Emergency Temporary Standard means that the mandatory vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing of businesses with 100 or more employees is no longer being enforced, but “the agency is not withdrawing the ETS as a proposed rule.”
If your organization wishes to implement vaccination or testing requirements independently, OSHA has released sample policy templates for Mandatory Vaccination or Testing here.
The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Program (ARPA)
The SLFRF program provides state and local governments with resources to respond to the far-reaching public health and negative economic impacts of the pandemic, by supporting the health of communities, and helping households, small businesses, impacted industries, nonprofits, and the public sector recover from economic impact, as well as replace lost public sector revenue, invest in infrastructure, and replace lost public sector revenue.
It is important to note that in the final Treasury Rule, nonprofits are eligible recipients of these funds; however, fund distribution priorities are at the discretion of state, municipal, and county policy makers.
Call to action: Contact your city and county elected officials and advocate that an equitable portion of your city or county’s allocation be set aside for nonprofit services in your community.
See our Op-Ed in the Idaho Business Review here on why nonprofits should be recipients of these funds.
Idaho Legislature is Back in Session!
To stay up to date on what is happening in the 2022 Legislation and for more information, visit legislature.idaho.gov.
Find the House Committee Agendas here
Find the Senate Committee Agendas here
You can access live audio/video streaming of sessions here
We will be hard at work tracking and educating on each bill that is relevant to nonprofits. Stay tuned!
Stay Connected with the Idaho Legislature: Idaho in Session & Idaho Reports
Idaho Public Television offers Idaho In Session, a gavel-to-gavel service that includes live on-air and online coverage of the Idaho Legislature. Meetings of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) and all other committees will be available online at idahoptv.org/insession.
Now in its 50th season, Idaho Reports, IdahoPTV’s weekly legislative news show, continues to bring viewers state government news and analysis, including updates on education, taxes and voter initiatives, and the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic each Friday at 8 PM. Look for Idaho Reports in audio form wherever you find your favorite podcasts, and read breaking news updates on the Idaho Reports blog at blog.idahoreports.idahoptv.org.
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