RS30381 / H0168
The purpose of this legislation is to enhance program integrity for the state's unemployment insurance program.
Covid-19 brought mass employment. Unfortunately, it also brought massive amounts of waste, fraud and abuse
to our nations' employment programs. Nationally it is estimates that unemployment programs may have lost
between $87 billion to $400 billion to fraudulent or wasteful claims. This legislation will require the Department
of Labor to perform routine cross checks of existing databases to which the state already has access, like new
hire records, death records, prison roles, and others.
It is not anticipated that this legislation will impose any new costs to the Department. However, if additional
costs are required it is expected they be minimal. Currently, the Idaho Department of Labor is already
performing many of these functions. By codifying these best practices Idaho taxpayers and businesses will be
provided greater protections.
Representative Brandon Mitchell
(208) 332-1000
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: 02/20/2023, 8:46 AM