The GUARDIAN is familiar with much of what’s on the plate of lawmakers this session. We brought the issue of a state-owned storage business to the attention of readers last fall.
Sen. Russ Fulcher of Meridian went after the deputy director of the State Lands Department in a Senate State Affairs committee hearing Wednesday over competing with the private sector in the area of commercial leases like the Affordable Storage Facility operated by the state in direct competition with private owners. Lands will not be pushing for any legislation this session.
The hot button gun crowd will be happy to weigh in on a “looming proposal” to allow Idahoans pack concealed weapons with NO PERMIT. Alaska, Arizona, and Vermont have similar laws. Coppers are waiting to see what happens before commenting according to a piece by Sean Ellis in the Idaho State Journal.
Meanwhile a bunch of mostly Canyon County conservatives fed up with urban renewal abuses has been successful in getting a fist full of bills printed that are aimed at allowing the public to vote on creation of urban renewal districts as well as selling the bonds to finance the districts. Currently urban renewal is without oversight of any sort from government at any level. No elected body has authority once a district is formed.
Finally, the practice of creating “Auditorium Districts” that spend money on tourist promotion rather than auditoriums or convention centers is under scrutiny. The courts have said the twain shall not meet. Tourism promotion and bricks and mortar structures don’t get to mix and match their money. Pocatello’s auditorium district has hired a lawyer who wants the legislature to define just what they want from the locals.
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