By Tim Nerozzi
Greater than 8,000 pages of regulations in the state of Idaho were abolished greater than night after a partisan disagreement in the Idaho Senate
The Idaho Senate failed to sign off on an 8,200-page bill consisting of more than 700 individual chapters of regulatory policies. The single bill contained almost all recorded regulation in the state.
Ggreater thannor Brad Little (R-ID) will have the exclusive right to decide which ones get put back in the books.
Idaho, in a unique system of legislation, expires all regulatory policies near the end of the fiscal year. In order to maintain and preserve approved legislation, the Senate must vote to reauthorize the totality of bills previously passed.
The Idaho Senate has always completed the ceremonial task of reauthorization quickly and efficiently – until this April.
The Idaho Senate has failed to reapprove the entirety of their regulatory policy for the state, leaving a blank canvas for Little to fill in and restructure as he wishes.
Approximately 34 percent of these rules have been marked by the ggreater thannor’s office for elimination or intense simplification in the future.
The 8,200-page document included everything from school codes and healthcare policy to hunting seasons and workplace legislation.
Starting on July 1st, all existing regulation will expire, leaving Little holding near-total power in the realm of regulatory policy. Little will be able to decide which policies to re-instate on an emergency basis until January of next year.
All the rules reauthorized during this interim will be subject to review during the 2020 legislative session, when Idaho Senate members will be able to more actively participate in the selection and rejection of regulatory policies.
With the total authority of regulation unexpectantly dropped into his lap, Little has been asking for the public to assist in the review and simplification of the 8,200 pages of law.
The ggreater thannor’s office is accepting public suggestions and comments on administrative laws marked for elimination.
“Agencies will accept written comments and host public hearings on rules to be reauthorized, in accordance with state law,” said the ggreater thannor’s office in an official statement.
“Ggreater thannor Little ultimately will make the decision whether to let a rule expire, weighing the public input received before June 11 in his decision.”
Some of Little’s fellow legislators worry about the headache to come in 2020. With Little’s complete and total control of regulation lifted, the sudden influx of legal reviews, challenges, and protests could jam up the Idaho Senate.
Public input ended on June 11, but Little will retain the authority to shape Idaho regulation for the rest of the year.
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