The Idaho House approved on March 30 two bills to increase funding for the state’s transportation infrastructure.
Legislation to increase vehicle registration fees and impose new registration fees on hybrid and electric cars was approved with a vote of 43 to 26. House Bill 312 would generate an estimated $20 million.
Additionally, House Bill 310, a proposal to utilize a budget stabilization mechanism for the Highway Distribution Account and remove the Idaho State Police from eligibility to receive funding from the account, was approved 39 to 31. According to the Fiscal Note, removing the state police would keep $16 million in the State Highway Account, while the budget stabilization mechanism could transfer approximately $10 million.
Both bills now head to the Senate for review.