Courts, electronic payment fees
PAYMENTS TO THE COURT – Amends existing law to revise a provision regarding an electronic payment convenience fee.

RS31052 / S1276

This is one of a series of bills the Supreme Court has recommended in its annual report to the Governor concerning defects or omissions in the laws, as required by article V, section 25 of the Idaho Constitution. Idaho Code § 31-3221 requires the assessment of an electronic payment convenience fee when a debt owed to the court is paid with a debit or credit card. This statute also directs that the convenience fee be deposited into the court technology fund created by I.C. § 1-1623. Pursuant to standard industry practice, and as a matter of efficiency, electronic payment processing vendors normally retain convenience fees as payment for their services. Requiring the convenience fee to first be routed through the court technology fund fails to align with the industry standard and creates an inefficient process for both the courts and the payment processing vendors. As a result, this bill will strike § 31-3221’s requirement that the electronic payment convenience fee be deposited into the court technology fund before it is distributed to the payment processor.

This proposed amendment will have no fiscal impact upon the General Fund, any other state fund, or local governments. The proposed amendment simply eliminates an inefficient process, and it will cause neither an increase nor decrease in existing or future appropriations or revenues.

Bill Events
Date Description
02/06 Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
02/07 Reported Printed; referred to Judiciary & Rules
02/19 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
02/20 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
02/26 Read third time in full – PASSED - 35-0-0
AYES – Adams, Anthon, Bernt, Bjerke, Burtenshaw, Cook, Den Hartog, Foreman, Forsmann(Carlson), Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hart, Hartgen, Herndon, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lenney, Lent, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Toews, Trakel, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Wintrow, Zuiderveld
NAYS – None
Absent and excused – None
Floor Sponsor - Hartgen
Title apvd - to House
02/27 Received from the Senate, Filed for First Reading
02/27 Read First Time, Referred to Judiciary, Rules & Administration
03/20 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
03/21 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
03/22 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar until Monday, March 25, 2024
03/25 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day
03/26 Read Third Time in Full – PASSED - 67-0-3
AYES – Achilles, Alfieri, Allgood, Barbieri, Berch, Blanksma, Boyle, Bundy, Burns, Cannon, Cheatum, Chew(Harada), Clow, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehardt, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Galaviz, Gallagher, Gannon, Garner, Green, Handy, Hawkins, Healey, Hill(Brown), Holtzclaw(Johnson), Horman, Kingsley, Lambert, Lanting, Manwaring, Mathias, McCann, Mendive, Mickelsen, Miller, Mitchell, Monks, Necochea, Nelsen, Palmer, Petzke, Pickett, Price, Raybould, Raymond, Redman, Roberts, Rubel, Sauter, Scott, Skaug, Tanner, Vander Woude, Weber(Weber), Wisniewski, Wroten, Yamamoto, Young, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – None
Absent – Andrus, Shepherd, Wheeler
Floor Sponsor - Dixon(24)
Title apvd - to Senate
03/27 Returned From House Passed; referred to enrolling
03/27 Reported enrolled; signed by President; to House for signature of Speaker
03/28 Received from Senate; Signed by Speaker; Returned to Senate
03/28 Reported signed by the Speaker & ordered delivered to Governor
03/29 Reported delivered to Governor at 8:06 a.m. on 03/29/24
04/02 Signed by Governor on 04/01/24
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