White Peterson Managing Director, Bill Nichols, has been appointed to the Legal Technical Analysis Team of the Association of Idaho Cities Legislative Committee for the 2016-2017 year. In addition to assisting the deliberations of the Association of Idaho Cities Legislative Committee, he will play an important role in reviewing and analyzing bills during the 2017 legislative session.
White Peterson attorney William F. Nichols testified before the House Local Government Committee of the Idaho Legislature on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 as the committee considered House Bill 246. This particular legislation regarding development impact fee ordinances and fees would have overturned decades of case law precedent that presumes that legislative enactments by local governing bodies are valid. In his testimony Mr. Nichols explained how development impact fee ordinances and capital improvement plans are adopted and administered and the burden that this bill would create. The Committee voted to hold the bill in committee. Read more about the bill at: http://www.idahocities.org/Blog.aspx?IID=232#item.
White Peterson attorney William F. Nichols testified before the House State Affairs Committee of the Idaho Legislature on Monday, March 14, 2011 as the committee considered House Bill 242. This particular legislation would restrict the ability of state or local government to use eminent domain to obtain property for pedestrian and bicycle pathways, including greenbelt pathways. In his testimony Mr. Nichols explained how the eminent domain process works and why it is sparingly used, typically as a last resort when negotiations to purchase property have failed. The Committee voted to send the bill to the amending order for an amendment to clarify one part of the bill. If the amended bill is approved by the committee it will go to the full House of Representatives.