Senator Lori Den Hartog is blocking a bill that would effectively reduce vehicle registration costs by fifty percent for Active-Duty Service Members stationed outside Idaho. This is contingent on the Service Member maintain residency in Idaho while on Active-Duty orders.
My idea started for this bill back in 2018 when the Idaho DMV charged my wife and I both in state and out of state registration fees on a vehicle we bought while stationed with the Army at Fort Irwin, CA. In working with Representative Chad Christensen, we created a plan that would ensure that situation never happened again, while giving Service Members a slight discount on vehicle registration. This plan resulted in HB157.
The amount of revenue decrease to the State of Idaho is around $80,000. While the State is currently in a surplus, this amount is basically chump change. Conservative Republicans are supposedly known for being small government and fiscally conservative. If this is the case, why is Senator Hartog gatekeeping vehicle registration costs? According to her, it is because veterans already receive property tax breaks. Personally, I have never seen of nor heard of this break, and I can assure the majority of Active-Duty SM’s haven’t either. These ‘conservatives’ campaign on the promises of reducing the size of government and supporting the military, but where is the support?
While Senator Hartog plays authoritarian, this bill has garnered the support of the majority of the congress. HB157 passed the House with a vote of 67Y, 0N, and 3 ABS. A rare unanimous vote.
I call on Senator Hartog to stop playing games with our Service Members and the will of the congress and move this bill forward!
For life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness!