The 2021 Legislative Session & What Happened?

Updated: May 28

There is no doubt that the legislative session was just as odd as the last year or so has been. With so much news coming out about what went on this session it was hard to figure out what side was up. Many bills had to be changed or manipulated to gather support in one house or the other. A lot of hard & groundbreaking work was attempted. Not all of the measures passed but we learned a lot about who supports the work of Drug and Alcohol Prevention work and those that remain a constant hurdle to keeping our communities safe.

Below are bills important to the work we do in prevention:

Passed and Signed

  • HO126 - The purpose of this legislation is to legalize the production, processing, research, and transportation of industrial hemp in the state. Industrial hemp is now legal in 49 states, two territories, and more than 40 tribal areas. This legislation will allow Idaho farmers the opportunity to produce industrial hemp if they so choose. H0126 passed the House (AYES 44, NAYS 26, ABSENT 0) on March 8, and passed the Senate (AYES 30, NAYS 5, ABSENT 0) on April 7. It was signed by the Speaker on April 8, signed by the President on April 9, and transmitted to the Governor on April 12.

  • HO315 - Creates a state-directed fund for money the state receives from settlements or judgments from opioid litigation. The money in the fund will be used to support opioid prevention and recovery efforts. Status - H0315 passed the House (AYES 67, NAYS 0, ABSENT 3) on March 15, and passed the Senate (AYES 35, NAYS 0, ABSENT 0) on April 13. It was signed by the House Speaker on April 14 and transmitted back to the Senate for the President's signature. April 19th Returned Signed by the President Ordered Transmitted to Governor April 20th Delivered to Governor at 10:25 a.m. on April 19, 2021 April 22nd Reported Signed by Governor on April 21, 2021.

  • S1110 - Amends existing law to revise signature requirements for ballot initiatives or referendum petitions. Status Update - S1110 passed the Senate (AYES 26, NAYS 9, ABSENT 0) on March 1 and passed the House (AYES 51, NAYS 18, ABSENT 1) on April 7. It was signed by the Speaker and President on April 9 and delivered to the Governor on April 12.

  • S1189 - Relates to the appropriation of the Office of Drug Policy for fiscal year 2022. Status Update - S1189 passed the Senate (AYES 32, NAYS 2, ABSENT 1) on March 19 and passed the House (AYES 69, NAYS 0, ABSENT 1) on April 8. It was signed by the Speaker and President and delivered to the Governor on April 12.

Failed and/or Not Signed