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Posted by: Avery Roberts on Mar 20, 2019

 
Here is the rundown of bills ITLA is tracking this week. 

SB 1044    Increases SLRA trial de novo amount to $35,000.

The bill passed the House unanimously. It is now on to the Governor. 

SB 1076     Amends and adds to existing law to authorize sample tastings of liquor in liquor stores, with certain requirements.

This bill was presented to the House State Affairs Committee and failed to advance.
 
If you have any questions, please call Barbara Jorden at the ITLA office or perhaps one of the ITLA GR Committee Members.  They are: Russ Johnson, Kurt Holzer, Andy Chasan, Matt Andrew, Jane Gordon, Guy Hallam, Wyatt Johnson, Sheli Fulcher Koontz, John Kormanik, Daniel Luker, Darin Monroe, Evan Mortimer, Erica Phillips.  
 

Posted by: Avery Roberts on Mar 18, 2019

 
 

Walter H. Bithell Professionalism Award Nominations

Nominations are open for the 2019 Walter H. Bithell Professionalism Award. This esteemed award recognizes excellence in trial advocacy, commitment to defending justice inside and outside of the legal community, and generosity and dedication to the mission of ITLA. 

2018 Walter H. Bithell Professionalism Awardee Rebecca Rainey with Walter Bithell.
The confidential nomination form must be received by 5 p.m. MDT on Friday, April 12th. The nominations will be reviewed by an independent committee and this award will be presented at the 2019 ITLA Annual Meeting Luncheon. 

Please follow the link below to submit a nomination. 
Nomination Form
If you have any questions, send an email to itla@itla.org or call (208) 345-1890.
 

Posted by: Avery Roberts on Mar 18, 2019

 
 

Nominate a Deserving Individual Today!

Nominations are now open for the 2019 James J. May Trial Lawyer of the Year. This esteemed award recognizes excellence in trial advocacy, commitment to defending justice inside and outside of the legal community, and generosity and dedication to the mission of ITLA. 

2018 James J. May Trial Lawyer of the Year Howard Belodoff with Erika Birch. 
The confidential nomination form must be received by 5 p.m. MDT on Friday, April 12th. The nominations will be reviewed by an independent committee and this award will be presented at the 2019 ITLA Annual Meeting, Conference, and Seminar. ​

Please follow the link below to submit a nomination. 
Nomination Form
If you have any questions, send an email to itla@itla.org or call (208) 345-1890.
 

Posted by: Avery Roberts on Mar 13, 2019

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Here is the rundown of bills ITLA is tracking this week. 

SB 1044    Increases SLRA trial de novo amount to $35,000.

This bill is waiting for a vote of the full House of Representatives.  ITLA member Rep. John McCrostie will be presenting it on the House floor.

HB 247     Amends existing law to establish provisions regarding underinsured motor vehicle coverage.

This bill was presented to the House Business Committee and failed to advance.
If you have any questions, please call Barbara Jorden at the ITLA office or perhaps one of the ITLA GR Committee Members.  They are: Russ Johnson, Kurt Holzer, Andy Chasan, Matt Andrew, Jane Gordon, Guy Hallam, Wyatt Johnson, Sheli Fulcher Koontz, John Kormanik, Daniel Luker, Darin Monroe, Evan Mortimer, Erica Phillips.  

Posted by: Avery Roberts on Feb 6, 2019

 
The Idaho Legislature has entered the fifth week of  session. Top headlines of the week include the Idaho Supreme Court ruling to uphold Medicaid expansion, Idaho water legislation headed to the Governor's desk, and Governor Little's issuance of two executive orders
As the session moves forward, we are continuing to track legislation impacting you and your practice.

S 1028 - Worker’s comp, Post Traumatic Stress Injury
The Professional Firefighters of Idaho along with some of the law enforcement groups have introduced this bill which would change §72-451 to allow coverage for post-traumatic stress injuries to first responders. 
 
While we think this is a well-intentioned bill, we believe that all workers should have this benefit. This bill would create a carve-out for some while leaving others vulnerable. 
 
Please let your legislators and the Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee know your thoughts on the bill by TOMORROW when it will be heard at 1:30 p.m. MST. You can listen to the testimony here.
 
SB 1043 - Additional Judges, Fourth Judicial District
This bill, brought by the Administrative Office of the Courts, would add one new district judge position with resident chambers in Ada County.

SB 1044 - Small Lawsuit Resolution Act, Trial De Novo 
This ITLA sponsored bill would increase the amount allowed under §7-1509 – EVALUATION DECISION – TRIAL DE NOVO – MISCELLANEOUS to $35,000 which follows the increase to the SLRA which was passed last year.

Upcoming Events

February 20th - Lobby Day
 
Learn about the legislative process, meet with lawmakers, and attend committee hearings.
February 21 - Legislative Reception
Join the 7th Amendment Advocates and Idaho Lawmakers to celebrate our U.S. Constitution.
 

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