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Addendum to Committee Report Submitted (8/14/2020) - The Joint Judiciary Working Group wrestled with a host of difficult issues during a meeting that lasted more than four hours via Zoom on Friday, August 14, 2020.  After working through eight different proposed amendments to a previously submitted piece of recommended legislation as well as discussion on the parts of the legislation that weren’t amended.  The legislation had been advanced along with a committee …
One More Meeting for Working Group (8/12/2020) - Last month, the joint Judiciary Working Group concluded its work by voting to approve a piece of suggested legislation on liability reform and recommended that the governor call a special legislative session to pass the proposed legislation.  In early August, Sen. Todd Lakey and Rep. Greg Chaney, co-chairs of the joint Judiciary Working Group, submitted the committee report to House and Senate leadership. Since then, …
Judiciary Concludes by Recommending Special Session for Liability Reform (7/31/2020) - Thursday, July 30 the joint Judiciary Working Group–composed of the standing House and Senate Judiciary Committees–met via videoconference for more than three hours.  During the course of its meeting, the working group fulfilled the purpose for which it had been commissioned by approving suggested legislation and voting overwhelmingly to request that Governor Little calling a special session. The Working Group recommended legislation that would spell …
Chairman Chaney, Judiciary Committee Back at Work (7/29/2020) - As Chairman of the House Judiciary, Rules, & Administration committee, Rep. Chaney has been tasked with co-chairing the Judiciary Working Group to evaluate liability issues related to COVID-19.  The Working Group is comprised of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees and co-chaired by Chaney and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Todd Lakey. The Working Group is tasked with reviewing liability issues facing businesses and government entities–including …
Let’s Work Together to Reopen Idaho (5/8/2020) - By Greg Chaney Ronald Reagan once said: “We must have faith in the people of this country and faith in our principles.” Idahoans are certainty worthy of the faith of which Reagan spoke: tough, thoughtful, resilient, and patriotic, our admirable commitment to independence and self-sufficiency has given rise to an anxious enthusiasm to see all impediments removed that threaten our ability to stand on our …
Chaney Condemns Targeting Law Enforcement Families (4/24/2020) - In a Facebook Live broadcast, Rep. Chaney condemned what he considers to be insincere, opportunistic agitators and protesters who took their disapproval of COVID-19 restrictions to the extreme by protesting a Meridian Police Officer’s home. Chaney also condemned Lt. Governor McGeachin for acts and omission on her part that encourage continued unrest.  Both the Idaho Press-Tribune and Idaho Statesman expressed their support for Chaney’s message.
Chaney on Property Tax (3/30/2020) - Rep. Chaney on the importance of reducing the amount of property tax collected and not just shifting it from one taxpayer to another
Holding Agencies Accountable (3/23/2020) - When unelected bureaucrats ignore the legislature and disregard statutes to do whatever they want irrespective of the law, the only mode of accountability left is through the budget setting process. For that reason, yesterday the House defeated the Idaho Tax Commission budget 21-48. As I told the House in debate, “this is a dangerous budget because it is a budget for an agency gone rogue” …
Nov. 15, 2019 ICJC Meeting (11/15/2019) - Comments on internet safety and the November meeting of the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission.
Chaney Named Chairman of House Judiciary (5/9/2019) - Speaker of the House Scott Bedke announced Rep. Greg Chaney has been appointed Chairman of the House Judiciary, Rules, and Administration Committee.  For more, check out the Idaho Press Tribune Article here.
Statehouse Update 3/29/2019 (3/29/2019) - Chaney’s “First in the Nation” Algorithm Bill is Signed by Governor On Friday, Governor Brad Little signed into law H118, making Idaho the first state in the nation to push back against secretive “black box” computerized sentencing and pretrial decision-making. Click here for more.  Updating The Referendum Process Addressing the concerns of some Idahoans about Senate Bill 1159, we introduced House Bill 296 in the House Ways …
Statehouse Update 3-22-2019 (3/22/2019) - Senate Unanimously Approves Chaney’s Algorithm Bill On Monday, the Senate approved H118 33-0 (with 2 absent). Special thanks to Sen. Patti Ann Lodge for carrying the bill on the Senate floor. The bill will receive one more vote in the House early next week (due to some minor, technical Senate amendments).  The House already approved the bill 66-2 earlier this month. Saving Tax Dollars On …
Statehouse Update 3-17-2019 (3/17/2019) - Algorithm Bill Sails Through Senate Committee H118, Rep. Chaney’s “Minority Report” bill to mandate transparency in pretrial algorithms, passed the Senate Judiciary & Rules Committee on Monday.  The bill is expected to receive a vote of the full Senate early next week.   Supporting A Better Referendum Process The Idaho House Republican Caucus supports SB 1159 concepts to expand voter involvement in the initiative and …
Statehouse Update 3-9-2019 (3/10/2019) - “Minority Report” Bill Advances H118, Rep. Chaney’s “Minority Report” bill to ensure transparency in computer-generated criminal justice decisions, passed the house 66-2 on Monday, March 4, 2019.  For more on the bill, click here: https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2019/mar/05/algorithms-idaho-legislation/   An Idaho Medicaid Solution Caucus-members helped jump start the discussion on Medicaid expansion this morning to discuss House Bill 249 in a packed Lincoln Auditorium. Originally introduced on Wednesday, this legislation …
Expedited Eviction Bill Falls (Idaho Press-Tribune) (3/5/2019) - “Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, fiercely opposed the legislation because he viewed it as an affront to due process in the state.” On Monday, H138, the Expedited Eviction Bill failed to pass the House 34-36; click here for coverage by the Idaho Press Tribune. https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/expedited-evictions-bill-narrowly-fails-to-pass-house/article_4e05fb1c-945b-54c5-9656-b1a3dc2ce54f.html
Statehouse Update 3-1-19 (3/1/2019) - Idaho Council on Federal Lands New legislation would create a legislative council to help Idaho deal with federal lands issues. The Idaho Council on Federal Lands would be comprised of four members from the House and four from the Senate. “The Federal Government manages 63% of the land in our beautiful state, so the creation of this committee is well past due,” said co-sponsor Rep. …
Statehouse Update 2-22-19 (2/22/2019) - Hearing Held on Chaney’s “Minority Report” Bill This week, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on H118–Chaney’s bill on bias and secrecy in computer-generated recommendations in criminal justice.  Chaney has equated the use of these tools to the plot of the 2002 movie “Minority Report.” The committee approved the bill to move to the full house, where it will receive a vote after an amendment …
Computerized Discrimination In Criminal Justice (2/6/2019) - IDAHO MUST ELIMINATE COMPUTERIZED DISCRIMINATION IN ITS CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM BY: REP. GREG CHANEY (R-Caldwell) The most sacred responsibility of any lawmaker is to ensure that we protect the people we serve. That means everybody, not just certain select groups. Unfortunately, when it comes to criminal justice in Idaho, existing practices in the state threaten the very concept of fairness guaranteed to all of its …
Friend of Agriculture (10/10/2018) - Last month, Rep. Chaney was once again recognized as a friend of agriculture by the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation