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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 54 – Bioscience tax incentive/task force


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HCR054.........................................................by EDUCATION
BIOSCIENCE TAX INCENTIVES TASK FORCE - Stating findings of the Legislature
and requesting that a task force be convened by the Office of Science and
Technology in the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor to study specific
tax and investment incentive proposals for the biosciences and report
findings to the Legislature.
02/27    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/28    Rpt prt - to 2nd rdg
03/01    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/06    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsor - Rydalch
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/07    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Loc Gov
03/16    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
03/17    10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsor - Williams
    Title apvd - to House
03/20    To enrol
03/21    Rpt enrol - Sp signed
03/22    Pres signed
03/23    To Secretary of State

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-eighth Legislature                   Second Regular Session - 2006
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                             HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 54
                                   BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  5    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  6        WHEREAS, technology and the biosciences have become an increasingly impor-
  7    tant part of the Idaho economy and more than seventy percent of  state  export
  8    revenues come from technology products; and
  9        WHEREAS,  the biosciences have been identified as one of Idaho's core com-
 10    petency areas in technology; and
 11        WHEREAS, all of  the  state's  public  universities  have  recognized  and
 12    adopted the biosciences as a core area of emphasis and all of the state's col-
 13    leges  and  universities  have  a  collaborative  grant  program that supports
 14    biomedical research and cooperation among all entities; and
 15        WHEREAS, the Idaho National Laboratory has  expertise  in  the  bioscience
 16    area that will provide support; and
 17        WHEREAS,  Idaho  led  the  nation from 2001 through 2004 in the percentage
 18    increase in new National Institutes of Health grant support; and
 19        WHEREAS, Idaho is on  the  development  threshold  of  several  bioscience
 20    technologies including biofuels which are important to the national economy;
 21        WHEREAS, the state has a unique environment that provides opportunities in
 22    the biotechnology area in connection with our natural resource industries, and
 23    agriculture biotechnology could add value to crops and result in higher paying
 24    job opportunities for Idahoans; and
 25        WHEREAS,  the  Idaho  State  Department  of Agriculture has recognized the
 26    importance  of  and  opportunities  in  the   biosciences   by   launching   a
 27    biotechnology task force; and
 28        WHEREAS,  biomedical  research  adds  great  public value to the future of
 29    healthcare in Idaho, and the state is well positioned to  receive  significant
 30    future grants; and
 31        WHEREAS,  there  are myriad opportunities in the growing biosciences field
 32    worldwide with new companies creating high-salary jobs; and
 33        WHEREAS, as other countries and states in the United States offer more tax
 34    and investment incentives for this expanding field and Idaho needs  to  remain
 35    competitive; and
 36        WHEREAS,  there  are  opportunities  for our rural communities to increase
 37    jobs and expand economically through bioscience fields; and
 38        WHEREAS, a Legislative Biotechnology Task Force met in 2005 and determined
 39    that a number of infrastructure deficiencies exist and need to be addressed to
 40    better enable and foster the state's biosciences sector; and
 41        WHEREAS, it is critical that the state of Idaho create a supportive  busi-
 42    ness  climate  so that the biosciences can thrive in Idaho by taking advantage
 43    of opportunities for tax and investment incentives in the biosciences to Idaho
 44    companies so they can create economic and employment opportunities  for  Idaho
  1    citizens  and  that  such  incentives should be conditioned on the creation of
  2    jobs in Idaho.
  3        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second  Regular  Ses-
  4    sion  of  the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and
  5    the Senate concurring therein, that we respectfully request that a task  force
  6    be  convened  by the Office of Science and Technology in the  Idaho Department
  7    of  Commerce and Labor to study specific tax and investment incentive  propos-
  8    als  for  the biosciences and report its findings to the First Regular Session
  9    of the Fifty-ninth Idaho Legislature by December 1, 2006.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                             RS 16099

The intent of this Concurrent Resolution is to encourage creation
of a task force to investigate the feasibility of incentives for
development in the biosciences in Idaho and requiring a report.

                           FISCAL NOTE

There is no impact to the general fund.

Name: Representative Ann Rydalch 
Phone: 332-1000

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                        HCR 54