2007 Interim Committees and Task Forces




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Advisory Committee to Provide Legislative Space Allocation and
Design Recommendations to the Capitol Commission

Sen. Joe Stegner, Co-chair Rep. Scott Bedke, Co-chair
Sen. Robert Geddes Rep. Lawerence Denney
Sen. Dean Cameron Rep. Max Black
Sen. Elliot Werk Rep. Wendy Jaquet

Staff: Jeff Youtz, Eric Milstead, Robyn Lockett

Meeting Minutes:
February 8, 2007
July 16, 2007
November 1, 2007

Other Materials:
Press Club & AP Letters
Programming Issues for Wings




Advisory Committee on Relocation and 2008 & 2009 Legislative Sessions

Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, Co-chair Rep. Mike Moyle, Co-chair
Sen. Bart Davis Rep. Scott Bedke
Sen. Denton Darrington Rep. Ken Roberts
Sen. David Langhorst Rep. Margaret Henbest

Staff: Jeff Youtz, Eric Milstead, Robyn Lockett

Meeting Minutes:
February 16, 2007
May 23, 2007
October 4, 2007




Early Childhood Development Task Force

Sen. Tom Gannon, Chair
Sen. Mel Richardson
Sen. Tim Corder
Sen. Gary Schroeder
Sen. Mike Burkett

Ad Hoc Members:
Mrs. Becky Young
Pat Collins, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley, LLP
Stan Burton, Executive Director, Idaho Head Start Program
Joyce Anderson, BYU-Idaho
Karen Mason, Idaho AEYC

Staff: Paige Parker, Charmi Arregui

Meeting Minutes:
September 20, 2007
November 30, 2007




Energy, Environment and Technology Interim Committee

Sen. Curt McKenzie, Co-chair Rep. George Eskridge, Co-chair
Sen. Patti Anne Lodge Rep. Maxine Bell
Sen. Tom Gannon Rep. Bert Stevenson
Sen. Mike Jorgenson Rep. Bob Nonini
Sen. Russell Fulcher Rep. Ken Andrus
Sen. Elliot Werk Rep. Eric Anderson
Sen. Kate Kelly Rep. Elaine Smith
Rep. Wendy Jaquet (Ad Hoc)
Rep. Mark Snodgrass (Ad Hoc)

Staff: Mike Nugent, Paige Parker, Toni Hobbs

Progress Report

Meeting Minutes:
August 21, 2007
October 25, 2007

2007 Idaho Energy Plan - January 26, 2007

Draft 2007 Idaho Energy Plan - January 19, 2007




Family Task Force

Charge: To study the magnitude of the decline of the family since 1950; the effects the decline has had on state social policies; the reasons for the decline, and ways to strengthen the family.

Rep. Steven Thayn, Chair
Rep. Dick Harwood
Rep. Janice McGeachin
Rep. Marv Hagedorn
Rep. Dean Mortimer
Rep. Branden Durst

Meeting Minutes:




Health Care Task Force

Charge: To ask and find answers for the unprecedented increases in health insurance premiums; to determine a method of limiting the assessments that may be imposed on carriers providing reinsurance by way of excess or stop-loss coverage and on carriers selling insurance in the individual market; to review options regarding initially limiting enrollment of the Individual High-Risk Reinsurance Pool in order to preserve the financial integrity of the pool.

Sen. Dean Cameron, Co-chair Rep. Gary Collins, Co-chair
Sen. Joe Stegner Rep. Sharon Block
Sen. John Goedde Rep. Jim Marriott
Sen. Patti Anne Lodge Rep. Carlos Bilbao
Sen. Tim Corder Rep. Fred Wood
Sen. John McGee Rep. Margaret Henbest
Sen. Elliot Werk Rep. John Rusche

Staff: Eric Milstead, Amy Castro, Toni Hobbs

Meeting Minutes:
July 11, 2007
July 13, 2007 - Mental Health Subcommittee
August 27, 2007
September 6, 2007 - Mental Health Subcommittee
September 24, 2007
October 30, 2007 - Mental Health Subcommittee
October 31, 2007
December 11, 2007 - Mental Health Subcommittee
December 12, 2007 - Health Insurance Issues Related to Public Schools Subcommittee
December 13, 2007
January 29, 2008




Idaho Council on Indian Affairs -- Idaho Code, Section 67-4004

Council By-laws

Sen. Michael Jorgenson, Chair Chief J. Allan, Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Vice-chair
Sen. Edgar Malepeai Jennifer Porter, Kootenai Tribe
Rep. Bob Nonini Samuel Penney, Nez Perce Tribe
Rep. George Sayler Alonzo Coby, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Bob Wells, Office of the Governor Kyle Prior, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes

Staff: Paige Parker, Mike Nugent, Charmi Arregui

Meeting Minutes:
January 17, 2007
March 20, 2007
September 20, 2007
October 22, 2007
March 13, 2008




Joint Interim Land-Use Study Group

Mission: To study the policy and tax implications regarding land use, including those associated with identification of areas of impact, processes of annexation, and urban renewal districts. To evaluate the circumstances created by high-growth areas and provide potential legislative improvements.

Sen. Russ Fulcher, Co-chair Rep. Cliff Bayer, Co-chair
Sen. Stan Bastian Rep. Phil Hart
Sen. Shirley McKague Rep. Lynn Luker
Sen. Lee Heinrich Rep. Fred Wood
Sen. Jim Hammond Rep. Les Bock
Rep. Bill Killen
Ad Hoc Members:
Dan Chadwick, Idaho Association of Counties
Ken Harward, Association of Idaho Cities
John Eaton, Idaho Association of Realtors
Jeremy Pisca, Idaho Building Contractors Association
Anna Borchers Canning, Meridian Planning & Zoning Commission

Staff: Paige Parker, Jennifer O'Kief

Meeting Minutes:
August 16, 2007
September 13, 2007
October 25, 2007
November 29, 2007
December 20, 2007




Joint Millennium Fund Committee -- Idaho Code, Section 67-1807

Charge: To make recommendations to the Legislature regarding the use of moneys in the Idaho Millennium Income Fund.

Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, Co-chair Rep. Dennis Lake, Co-chair
Sen. Denton Darrington Rep. Janice McGeachin
Sen. Dean Cameron Rep. Jim Clark
Sen. Elliot Werk Rep. Margaret Henbest
Sen. Kate Kelly Rep. John Rusche

Staff: Julie Swanson, Maureen Ingram, Lisa Kauffman

Meeting Agendas:
July 31, 2007
December 19, 2007

FY 2008 Millennium Fund Project Descriptions/Committee Recommendations




National Forest System and Woody Biomass Interim Committee

Charge: To study the decline in receipts on national forest system lands and to study issues related to woody biomass and incentives to make woody biomass available to be processed into value-added products.

Sen. Joyce Broadsword, Co-chair Rep. Ken Roberts, Co-chair
Sen. Robert Geddes Rep. Lawerence Denney
Sen. Clint Stennett Rep. Wendy Jaquet
Sen. Edgar Malepeai Rep. George Sayler

Staff: Paige Parker, Ray Houston, Charmi Arregui

Meeting Minutes:
August 7, 2007
August 8, 2007
September 12, 2007



Natural Resources Interim Committee

Sen. Gary Schroeder, Co-chair Rep. Dell Raybould, Co-chair
Sen. Brad Little Rep. Bert Stevenson
Sen. Charles Coiner Rep. Scott Bedke
Sen. Clint Stennett Rep. Mike Moyle
Sen. Jeff Siddoway Rep. Donna Pence
Sen. Steven Bair (Ad Hoc) Rep. JoAn Wood (Ad Hoc)
Sen. Lee Heinrich (Ad Hoc) Rep. Jim Patrick (Ad Hoc)
Sen. Dean Cameron (Ad Hoc) Rep. Jim Clark (Ad Hoc)

Staff: Katharine Gerrity, Ray Houston, Toni Hobbs

Progress Report

Meeting Minutes:
June 12, 2007
October 23, 2007




Ordinary and Necessary Expenses (Cities & Counties) Task Force

Charge: To review Article 8 Section 3 of the Idaho Constitution. The task force will undertake an assessment of the indebtedness and multi-year obligations of local governments and may recommend changes to Article VIII, Section 3 of the Idaho Constitution. As much as is practicable, the task force shall work in cooperation and coordination with the state of Idaho, cities, counties, schools and highway districts.

Sen. Brent Hill, Co-chair Rep. Lenore Barrett, Co-chair
Sen. Brad Little Rep. Steve Kren
Sen. Tim Corder Rep. Dennis Lake
Sen. "Lee" Heinrich Rep. Dean Mortimer
Sen. Edgar Malepeai Rep. James Ruchti

Staff: Mike Nugent, Toni Hobbs

Meeting Minutes:




Tax Exemptions Interim Committee

Charge: To study the state's tax exemptions, deductions and credits and to make recommendations for a strategy to statutorily limit them more specifically to the uses for which they were originally intended.

Sen. Brent Hill, Co-chair Rep. Dennis Lake, Co-chair
Sen. Joe Stegner Rep. Gary Collins
Sen. Tim Corder Rep. Jim Clark
Sen. Lee Heinrich Rep. Mike Moyle
Sen. Jeff Siddoway Rep. Dell Raybould
Sen. David Langhorst Rep. Nicole LeFavour
Sen. Diane Bilyeu Rep. Bill Killen

Staff: Mike Nugent, Eric Milstead, Charmi Arregui

Meeting Minutes:
August 1, 2007
August 2, 2007
August 3, 2007
October 1 & 2, 2007

Final Report

Other Materials:
Tax Principles Evaluation
Good Tax Policy: Tax Exemptions and Economic Development
NFIB Members Presentation
Tax Exemptions & Good Tax Policy: Perspectives on Individual Tax Policy
Perspectives on Individual Tax Policy
Grounding Tax Policy in Founding Principles




Teachers' Salaries Task Force

Sen. Robert Geddes, Co-chair Rep. Bob Nonini, Co-chair
Sen. Denton Darrington Rep. Scott Bedke
Sen. John Goedde Rep. Mack Shirley
Sen. Mike Burkett Rep. Richard Wills
Rep. Shirley Ringo
Rep. Jerry Shively

Staff: Maureen Ingram, Charmi Arregui, Jennifer O'Kief

Meeting Minutes:
September 10, 2007
October 15, 2007




Treasure Valley Transportation Issues Task Force

Sen. John McGee, Chair
Sen. Stan Bastian
Sen. Brad Little
Sen. David Langhorst

Staff: Maureen Ingram, Charmi Arregui, Rusti Horton

Final Report

Meeting Minutes:
September 7, 2007
October 15, 2007