Idaho legislature wants to amend effective dates on bills

Since Idaho’s current legislative session is in its 101st day, a constitutional provision calling for new laws to take effect no sooner than 60 days from the end of the session in which they’re passed is starting to appear iffy; usually, most bills take effect on July 1.

Rep. Jason Monks proposed an emergency bill that would amend the effective date of every bill this year that doesn’t specify a different effective date.

The Idaho Press reports Rep Monks said the bill also would be needed if lawmakers decide not to adjourn their session when they finish this year’s business, instead choosing to recess in case they want to return later, which has been under discussion.

Monks also said this makes sure that all of our laws continue to go into effect when we want them.

Rep. Megan Blanksma moved to both introduce the bill and recommend it go straight to the full House without further hearing; the motion passed on a unanimous voice vote.

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