Idaho Veterinary Licensing Board Wants To Keep Both Application And Licensing Fees When Denying An Application – What Do You ThinK?

HB 97 would allow the licensing board to keep not only the application fee but also the first year licensing fee which must be paid upon application, even when denying a license for whatever reason. Currently the law provides that the board may keep the application fee but must return the first year licensing fee to the applicant when an application is denied. HB 97 would change that and let the board keep both fees even though the applicant is not granted a license to practice. On the floor I argued that it was like a college requiring an application fee and first semester tuition, but if you were not accepted to the school they could keep your tuition anyway. Twenty-nine other House members joined me in voting against the bill, but it passed narrowly on a 34-30 vote with 6 absent and excused. The bill is now headed to the Senate. What do you think?

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