2024 City of Boise Legislative Updates

Week 7

HB 545 – Restrictions on Local Housing Policy – OPPOSE

HB 545 was given a public hearing in the House Business Committee on Monday, February 19. The City provided testimony regarding the need for its source of income discrimination ordinance in Boise, how the ordinance was crafted in partnership with housing organizations as well as landlord and property manager groups, and the need to address local housing needs at the local level. The bill was ultimately voted out of the committee on a 13-4 vote, where it is now waiting for a full House floor vote.

BILL STATUS: Passed House Business Committee; waiting full House floor vote


SB 1289 - Material Reviews Process at Libraries – NUETRAL

SB 1289 was debated by the full Senate on Thursday, February 22. After extensive debate, the bill was killed on the Senate floor by a 17-18 vote.

BILL STATUS: Died Senate floor


SB 1327 – Eviction Shielding – SUPPORT

SB 1327 aims to help residents seeking housing by shielding evictions from public viewing in cases where the entire case has been dismissed, no appeal is pending for the case, or when at least three years have elapsed since the filing date of the eviction. With eviction rates rising in Boise, and across the state, this commonsense legislation strikes the appropriate balance in providing necessary information to landlords, while also recognizing the barrier to housing that eviction records create.

The bill was given a public hearing on Wednesday, February 21 in the Senate Judiciary & Rules Committee and the city sent testimony in support. The bill was approved to move out of committee and is now waiting a full Senate floor vote.

BILL STATUS: Passed Senate Judiciary & Rules Committee; waiting full Senate floor vote

Week 6

HB 493 - Restrictions on Local Mask Requirements – OPPOSE (previously HB 396) 

HB 493 conflicts with local government authority to enact public health measures that are not provided for at the state level, such as face mask requirements. The bill also limits an important public health mitigation tool that has helped us keep our businesses open, our economy working toward recovery, our kids in school and our hospitals with improved capacity to provide care for those who need it.    

BILL STATUS: Passed full House; awaiting hearing in Senate State Affairs Committee   


HB 545 – Restrictions on Local Housing Policy – OPPOSE   

The City of Boise opposes HB 545 because it preempts municipal authority to determine how to regulate the rental market so it serves the best interests of tenants and landlords.   

Boise City Council enacted a new ordinance prohibiting source of income discrimination in October 2023. The ordinance was created after extensive outreach with landlords, property managers, housing advocates and Boise residents to ensure that residents with a verifiable source of income, such as a Section 8 voucher, were not arbitrarily denied housing.  

Given how competitive Boise’s rental market is, local housing ordinances ensure renters have equitable access to shelter that is affordable and allows landlords to navigate a clear process for reviewing tenant applications. 

BILL STATUS: Introduced House Business Committee 


SB 1289 - Material Reviews Process at Libraries – NUETRAL 

SB 1289 was given a public hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday, February 12. The City submitted testimony outlining our technical feedback on the bill’s provisions regarding what aligned with current Boise Public Library policy and which legislative requirements remained unclear. Ultimately the bill was passed out of the committee and is now awaiting a full Senate floor vote. 

BILL STATUS: Passed Senate State Affairs Committee; awaiting full Senate floor vote 

Week 5

HB 506 – Restrictions on Short-Term Rental Regulations – OPPOSE

HB 506 is an attempt to preempt municipal authority to regulate short-term rentals (STR) to address the full scope of health and safety needs within the community. The City of Boise enacted a short-term rental license ordinance in May of 2022 to ensure these rental businesses had appropriate liability insurance consistent with the requirements of other businesses operating in the city, and to collect data about short-term rentals’ impact on housing affordability. If this legislation were to be enacted it would prevent the City from ensuring STR properties have adequate insurance provisions, fire protection safety measures, professional property management, among other restricted regulations.

BILL STATUS: Introduced House Business Committee


SB 1289 – Material Reviews Process at Libraries – NUETRAL

The Boise Public Library strongly rejects the notion that libraries across the state are providing inappropriate and/or obscene materials to minors. The Library’s collection development and maintenance policy, in addition to its policy for request for reconsideration, already ensures proper review of materials and provides a clear process for community members to access if they have concerns about a specific material.

SB 1289 – while a solution in search of a problem – does provides a more workable path forward for local libraries to preserve access to a diversity of materials. The definition of “material harmful to minors” will ensure that library materials with serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value are not censored or removed from circulation. And the bill ensures that the creation of the Material Review Committee, and its corresponding policies, remain with elected and/or appointed trustee members, in partnership with librarians, who know their specific community and already work to meet the needs and expectations of their community.

The City of Boise, in partnership with the Boise Public Library, reaffirms our strong belief that libraries must reflect the values of our community and should provide a diverse array of materials to meet the diverse interests and needs of our residents and patrons. The Boise Public Library will remain an inclusive and safe space for all Boiseans.

BILL STATUS: Introduced House Business Committee

Week 4

HB 415 – Guns on school property – OPPOSE

HB 415 is a bill that authorizes school personnel to carry a firearm on school property if they have an enhanced concealed carry permit. The only disclosure requirement would be that the school personnel would need to share a copy of the weapons permit with their school principal. The city, along with Boise Police Department, opposes this bill because it will create unintended consequences for law enforcement responding to public safety matters at local schools. This legislation undermines the relationship local police departments create with their local school districts to assess safety risks and create emergency response plans. It will also create chaos in the event of a school emergency as police officers are trying to determine who on the school property is authorized to carry a firearm and who is the suspected assailant.

BILL STATUS: Passed full House floor; awaiting hearing in Senate State Affairs Committee

Week 3: 

No new bills introduced in week three with impact to the city and its residents.

Week 2: 

HB 384 - Library Material Restrictions - OPPOSE  

HB 384 was given a public hearing in the House State Affairs Committee on Monday, January 15. The City submitted testimony in opposition to the bill due to fears that the legislation would result in censorship of library materials. Despite overwhelming opposition against the bill, it passed out of committee for a full floor vote by the House of Representatives. However, the bill was pulled back to the committee by its sponsors, effectively killing the bill for the meantime.  

BILL STATUS: Returned to House State Affairs Committee 


HB 396 - Restrictions on Local Mask Requirements OPPOSE  

HB 396 conflicts with local government authority to enact public health measures that are not provided for at the state level, such as face mask requirements. The bill also limits an important public health mitigation tool that has helped us keep our businesses open, our economy working toward recovery, our kids in school and our hospitals with improved capacity to provide care for those who need it.   

BILL STATUS: Introduced House State Affairs Committee 


SB 1227 – Restriction on Municipal Public Health Authority – OPPOSE

SB 1227 would prevent municipalities from enacting laws that fill-in the gaps left in State law, specifically around health and safety measures. These safety measures ensure that City facilities and services remain open and accessible to the community, while keeping resident safety at the forefront and working to keep our local economy open.   

BILL STATUS: Introduced Senate State Affairs Committee

Week 1: 

HB 384 - Library Material Restrictions OPPOSE  

HB 384 creates broad legal liability against public libraries for anyone claiming dissemination of material harmful to a minor that will result in library censorship. The bill aims to restrict access to a diversity of library materials by preventing libraries from having or displaying particular books that an individual might personally feel is offensive. The bill then gives individuals the broad authority to request the removal of a book they do not like or the library would face a legal challenge and financial penalties.     

At Boise Public Library we have a strong collection development policy in place which guides how we select materials and outlines how staff, the director, and the board respond to requests for reconsideration from Boise community members. We believe reading choices should be left to parents and caregivers and we support the right of parents and caregivers to choose books that are appropriate for their families. We believe the selection of library materials at every library in Idaho should be made by librarians who know that community and work to provide a wide range of materials that reflect the lives and experiences of that community. 

BILL STATUS: Introduced in House State Affairs Committee 

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