BOISE -- Certain people will be allowed to carry guns on college campuses in just one week. That is one of many new laws set to go into effect July first.
It was a busy legislative session this year, with a lot of bills becoming laws. Most of them you won't even notice. But there are some big changes you will notice and need to know about.
One of the most controversial laws to come out of the Legislature this year goes into effect next week, allowing guns on college campuses. Retired law enforcement and those with Idaho's enhanced conceal carry license will be able to take guns on to limited areas of college and university campuses. Schools around the state have updated their security plans and will report those changes at the August meeting of the Idaho State Board of Education.
Another hot-button issue in Idaho is wolves. New this year in Idaho will be the Wolf Control Board, put together by the governor's office. They'll get $620,000 annually from general funds, Fish and Game, and the livestock industry to reduce Idaho’s wolf population to 150 wolves and 15 breeding pairs. That's the minimum number of wolves needed to keep them from being relisted under the Endangered Species Act.
One of the big changes you will probably notice is an increase in interstate speed limits. The speed limit will go up from 75 to 80 miles per hour for cars, and 65 to 70 miles per hour for trucks on rural stretches of I-84, I-86, and I-15. The speed limit will stay at 65 mph, however, between Caldwell and Boise, and through Pocatello and Idaho Falls. But don't put the pedal to the metal, yet. The posted speed limit will be enforced and ITD crews won't start replacing signs until July first.
And, if you get payday loans, a new law goes into effect aimed at keeping you from getting too deep into debt. You will not able to get a payday loan for more than 25 percent of your gross monthly income. It also provides for extended payment plans, and written disclosures to any person borrowing, before money is loaned.