The Idaho administrative rules identified for reauthorization were published in the Idaho Administrative Bulletin today at https://adminrules.idaho.gov/bulletin/2019/06SE.pdf.

Under the Idaho Administrative Procedures Act, all administrative rules automatically sunset on July 1 unless extended by the Idaho Legislature. The Legislature traditionally passes a “going-home” bill that extends all administrative rules until July 1 of the subsequent year. This is the first year the Legislature did not pass the “going-home” bill. As a result, all rules are scheduled to expire on July 1, 2019.

Governor Little tasked his administration with reauthorizing necessary rules as “temporary and proposed” rules prior to July 1 so there is no negative impact on public health, safety, and welfare. The public can provide comments on reauthorized rules as outlined in each docket published in the bulletin.

Governor Little viewed the situation as an opportunity to reset Idaho’s regulations. Since April, state agencies hosted more than 40 public meetings to identify which rules to reauthorize or allow to expire. The Division of Financial Management publicly posted the list of rules identified for expiration and solicited public input. Nearly all public comments received suggested additional rules to cut.

Agencies mobilized quickly because they already had begun a rules-review process to comply with Governor Little’s executive order establishing the Red Tape Reduction Act, which he issued during his first few weeks in office.

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