Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit:
(1)  A public official or employee from speaking, campaigning, contributing personal money or otherwise exercising the public official’s or employee’s individual first amendment rights for political purposes, provided no public funds are used for expenditures supporting the public official or employee in such activity;

Terms Used In Idaho Code 74-605

  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Ballot measure: means constitutional amendments, bond measures or levy measures. See Idaho Code 74-603
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Idaho Code 73-114
  • Property or resources: means goods, services, equipment, computer software and hardware, other items of intangible property, or facilities provided to or for the benefit of a candidate, a candidate’s personal campaign committee, a political issues committee for political purposes, or advocacy for or against a ballot measure or candidate. See Idaho Code 74-603
  • Public entity: means the state, each state agency, county, municipality, school district or other taxing district or public corporation empowered to submit ballot measures to its electors. See Idaho Code 74-603
  • Public funds: means any money received by a public entity from appropriations, taxes, fees, interest or other returns on investment. See Idaho Code 74-603
  • Public official: means an elected or appointed member of a public entity who has:
Idaho Code 74-603
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories; and the words "United States" may include the District of Columbia and territories. See Idaho Code 73-114
  • (2)  A public entity, public official or employee from the neutral encouragement of voters to vote;
    (3)  An elected official or employee from personally campaigning or advocating for or against a ballot measure, provided no public funds, property or resources are used for supporting the elected official or employee in such activity;
    (4)  A public entity from preparing and distributing to electors an objective statement explaining the purpose and effect of the ballot measure, including in the case of bond or levy elections the cost per taxpayer or taxable value, or similar information based on reasonable estimates prepared in good faith;
    (5)  The formulation and publication of statements regarding proposed amendments to the state constitution, as authorized by section 67-453, Idaho Code;
    (6)  The publication of information described in sections 34-439, 34-439A and 34-1406, Idaho Code, as applicable, or other provisions of law requiring notices and disclosures in connection with elections and ballot measures; or
    (7)  A balanced student classroom discussion or debate of current or pending election issues.