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SENATE BILL NO. 1296 – Attorneys, license fees


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S1296................................................by JUDICIARY AND RULES
ATTORNEYS - LICENSE - Amends existing law to increase the fees for
admission to practice law in the state of Idaho.

01/19    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
01/20    Rpt prt - to Jud
02/05    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/06    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
02/09    3rd rdg - PASSED - 35-0-0
      AYES--Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron,
      Crow, Danielson, Darrington, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes, Hansen,
      Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen, Keough, King, Lee, McLaughlin, Noh, Parry,
      Richardson, Riggs, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stennett,
      Sweeney, Thorne, Twiggs, Wheeler, Whitworth
      Absent and excused--None
    Floor Sponsor - Darrington
    Title apvd - to House
02/10    House intro - 1st rdg - to Jud
03/06    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/09    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/12    3rd rdg - PASSED - 61-4-5
      AYES -- Alltus, Barraclough, Barrett, Bell, Bieter, Bivens,
      Black(15), Black(23), Boe, Bruneel, Campbell, Chase, Clark, Crane,
      Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Ellsworth, Field(13), Field(20), Gagner, Geddes,
      Gould, Hadley, Henbest, Hornbeck, Jaquet, Jones(20), Judd, Kellogg,
      Kempton, Kendell, Kjellander, Kunz, Lake, Linford, Loertscher, Mader,
      Marley, McKague, Meyer, Miller, Mortensen, Newcomb, Pischner,
      Pomeroy, Reynolds, Richman, Ridinger, Robison, Schaefer, Stevenson,
      Stone, Stubbs, Tippets, Trail, Watson, Wheeler, Wood, Zimmermann,
      Mr Speaker
      NAYS -- Callister, Stoicheff, Taylor, Tilman
      Absent and excused -- Crow, Hansen, Jones(9), Jones(22), Sali
    Floor Sponsor - Barrett
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/13    To enrol
03/16    Rpt enrol - Pres signed
03/16    Sp signed
03/17    To Governor
03/18    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 66
         Effective: 07/01/98

Bill Text


 ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature                 Second Regular Session - 1998

                                      IN THE SENATE

                                   SENATE BILL NO. 1296

                             BY JUDICIARY AND RULES COMMITTEE

 1                                        AN ACT
 4        RECTIONS.

 5    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

 6        SECTION  1.  That  Section  3-409,  Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
 7    amended to read as follows:

 8        3-409.  LICENSE FEES AND APPROPRIATIONS. Every person practicing, or hold-
 9    ing himself out as practicing law within this state, or holding himself out to
10    the public as a person qualified to practice or carry on the calling of a law-
11    yer within this state, except state and United States judges of the courts  of
12    record  within  this  state,  shall, prior to so doing and no later than 
13    January 10   February 1  of each year , commencing  with
14    the year 1990, and thereafter,  pay to the board of commissioners of the
15    Idaho    S    s tate  B  b ar as a
16    license fee the  sum of sixty-five dollars ($65.00)    follow-
17    ing amounts:
18        For the year 1999: F  f or the calendar year of  his
19     admission to  the  practice  of  law in the state
20    of  Idaho if admitted prior to July 1 :   of the calendar year
21    and  thirty-five      one  hundred    dollars   ($   35.
22     1 00) ; For the calendar year of admission to the prac-
23    tice  of  law  in  the  state  of Idaho  if admitted after July 1 :
24      of the calendar year and one  hundred  twenty-five    
25    sixty      dollars  ($  125    60.00  )  ;  E
26     e ach year for the next three (3) calendar  years  following
27    the  calendar  year  of    such  admission :  , and
28     two hundred  fifty   five    dollars  ($2  5
29    0  5 ) ;   for e  E ach year
30     thereafter, until   after the third full year  of  admission:
31    two hundred seventy-five dollars ($275); Each year following  the calen-
32    dar  year    following   of  the lawyer's seventy-second
33    birthday :   and for such calendar year and each year thereaf-
34    ter, the sum of  forty-five      fifty    dollars  ($  4
35    5  0 .00) .  ;  Affiliate members 
36    shall pay a fee of ninety-five   for each calendar year:  one  hun-
37    dred   five      dollars  ($  9    10  5  .00
38    ) .   per year. 
39         For the year 2000 and each year thereafter: For the calendar year of
40    admission to the practice of law in the state of Idaho if  admitted  prior  to
41    July 1: one hundred fifteen dollars ($115); For the calendar year of admission
42    to  the practice of law in the state of Idaho if admitted after July 1: sixty-
43    five dollars ($65.00); Each year for the next three (3) calendar years follow-


 1    ing the calendar year of admission: two hundred thirty  dollars  ($230);  Each
 2    year  after  the  third  full  year of admission three hundred fifteen dollars
 3    ($315); Each year following the calendar year of the  lawyer's  seventy-second
 4    birthday:   fifty-five  dollars  ($55.00); Affiliate members for each calendar
 5    year one hundred twenty dollars ($120). 
 6        The moneys thus collected, together with other revenues shall be  adminis-
 7    tered  under  the direction of the board of commissioners of the Idaho  S
 8     s tate  B  b ar  for  the  purpose  of
 9    administering the Idaho  S  s tate  B  b
10    ar,  encouraging local bar associations, promoting legal education semi-
11    nars, fostering relations between the public and the bar and for  the  purpose
12    of establishing and maintaining a clients' security fund which shall be admin-
13    istered  by  the  Idaho  S  s tate  B  b
14    ar commissioners under rules approved  by  the    S    s
15    upreme    C    c  ourt, provided that the clients'
16    security fund shall be funded by assessment of the members of the Idaho  
17    S    s  tate  B  b ar not to exceed ten
18    dollars ($10.00) per member per year, independent  of  the  license  fee.  All
19    moneys  received  and  expended  by  the  commissioners  of  the Idaho  S
20     s tate  B  b ar shall be audited annu-
21    ally by a certified public accountant.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact


                           Statement of Purpose
    This bill raises the license fees paid by Idaho lawyers. The licenses fees would be changed as follows:
                      Lawyer Status      Current           19992000-on
                    Year of Admission
                  (Admitted before 7/1)  $65.00            $ 100.00  $ 115.00
                    Year of Admission
                  (admitted after 7/1)   $35.00            $60.00    $65.00
                 First Three Full Years
                       of Practice       $125.00           $205.00   $230.00
                     More Than Three
                    Years in Practice    $250.00           $275.00   $315.00
                                         $95.00            $105.00   $120.00
                    Over 72 Years Old
                                          $45.00           $50.00    $55.00
    The bill also changes the due date for payment of fees from January 10 to February 1.
    The purpose of the bill is to meet projected increases in the cost of administering the regulatory 
    functions of the Idaho State Bar. This matter was presented to Idaho lawyers for a vote in November, 
    1997, and was approved by a 59% majority. The last dues increase was made in 1990. The proposed 
    increase is phased in over a two-year period. Even with the increase Idaho's fees are representative of 
    those in the Western United States.
                               Fiscal Impact
    None. The Idaho State Bar uses no tax dollars and is entirely self-funded.
    S 1296