STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
RS28109 / H0030
This proposal amends Idaho Code Section 23-404 to transfer eight hundred thousand dollars ($800,000) each
fiscal year to the Peace Officers Standards and Training dedicated fund from the liquor account.
Revenue in the POST Fund is insufficient to support the appropriation in the POST program and as
revenues decline over time the problem continues to worsen. It is important to understand that POST is not
over-appropriated, POST is under funded. Under funding related to inherent limitations in POST's funding
sources has been a persistent concern for over a decade. POST has found it necessary to cut spending to
compensate for shortfalls in available cash and has consequently reverted large amounts of appropriation over
the last several fiscal years.
POST's spending cuts impact state, county, and city stakeholders statewide, requiring those agencies to absorb
additional costs themselves or opt to delay critical training. Without additional funding, POST will be unable to
sustain its current level of services in future years. This will impact law enforcement agencies and public safety
throughout the state of Idaho. The additional funding proposed would provide POST with revenue necessary
to meet demand for services by sustaining appropriate staffing levels, maintaining operations, and providing
for necessary repair, maintenance, and upgrades for POST facilities and equipment.
This change would reduce the annual distribution from the Liquor Fund to the General Fund by $400,000. It
would also reduce the total distribution for all Idaho counties and cities from the Liquor Fund by $400,000. It
would increase the POST Dedicated Fund by $800,000 annually.
Idaho State Police
DISCLAIMER: This statement of purpose and fiscal note are a mere attachment to this bill and prepared by a proponent
of the bill. It is neither intended as an expression of legislative intent nor intended for any use outside of the legislative
process, including judicial review (Joint Rule 18).
Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Note Bill SOP/FN INTRODUCED: 01/22/2021, 7:21 AMStatutes affected:
Bill Text: 23-404, 33-2139