In a dramatic turnaround, the House has voted 40-27 in favor of HB 448 to raise fees to support the POST academy, which trains law enforcement officers, from the current $10 per criminal conviction to $15. Last year, the House defeated a proposal to raise the same fee by just $1.50, with many House Republicans saying they didn't want to raise any fees. The fees are imposed on every felony, misdemeanor, infraction, traffic, conservation or ordinance violation conviction.
Rep. Darrell Bolz, R-Caldwell, sponsor of HB 448, said said Idaho's crime fee collections are way down, and the Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy needs the money to keep training law enforcement officers for agencies across the state. State law requires every law enforcement officer employed in Idaho to complete a POST training course within his or her first year on the job. “The people who are causing the crimes are the ones that have to pay for it,” Bolz told the House. “You're not paying for it in your taxes.”
This time, there was no debate, and the bill passed. It also got only one “no” vote when it emerged from committee in the House this year, Bolz said.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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