Boise, ID (STL.News) Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 205 into law today, the first of his “Building Idaho’s Future” bills that make strategic investments in critical state priorities. House Bill 205 focused on the needs of law enforcement.
“While other places seek to defund the police, I am proud to say that Idaho DEFENDS the police. Idaho ‘backs the blue,’” Governor Little said. “I appreciate my partners in the Legislature – especially the floor sponsors, Representative Scott Syme and Senator Jeff Agenbroad – for sharing my support for our brave women and men in law enforcement.”
“Building Idaho’s Future” is Governor Little’s plan to use Idaho’s record budget surplus to provide Idahoans historic tax relief and make strategic investments in transportation, education, broadband, water, law enforcement, and other critical areas to propel our state forward.
The $964,000 investments in law enforcement include the items necessary to support frontline personnel at the Idaho State Police (ISP):
- New rifles with suppressors for ISP troopers
- New jackets for ISP troopers designed to give troopers quick access to vital tools needed to handle a situation effectively and efficiently, and to keep troopers warm during cold Idaho weather
- New laser safety glasses that prevent ISP troopers from permanent vision damage when non-peaceful protesters shine lasers in law enforcement officers’ eyes
- New body cameras for ISP detectives and ISP troopers assigned to Capitol Protective Services.