Corruption Fighter

Senator Rice authored legislation that puts the state Attorney General in charge of investigating civil or criminal law violations by county elected officials. The new law gives the office a needed tool for addressing public misconduct and corruption.

Jobs Incentive

Senator Rice sponsored, HB 546, which lets Idaho businesses that create certain numbers of new jobs, to qualify for a refundable tax credit of up to 30 percent of their state corporate income taxes, payroll taxes and sales taxes for up to 15 years. The job wages must at least the average annual wage in the county.

Skywest recently used this incentive and says it will hire about 100 workers during those 12 years. Average yearly wages will be about $52,000, according to Skywest.

Homeowners Association (HOA) Restrictions

Senator Rice authored a bill that was signed into law that will curb the power of homeowners’ associations after state lawmakers felt some organizations were abusing their authority.

HOA’s will now have to give written notice if a resident is out of compliance with neighborhood code, and allow 30 days to let the homeowner fix the problem before fining them. Homeowners cannot be fined if they’re trying to rectify the problem.

Technology Policy Modernization

Senator Rice was the Senate sponsor of legislation that will set the foundation for Idaho to show that we have the right public policy to support tech companies and software companies as they grow and develop.  The bill clarifies that “cloud computing” services delivered over the Internet are, indeed, services.