Skip to comments.Legislature’s inaction on agency regs may be its greatest accomplishment
Posted on 04/15/2019 4:05:09 PM PDT by Twotone
The most monumental thing the 2019 Idaho Legislature did is what it didnt do: The Legislature didnt reauthorize thousands of pages of agency regulations. Those regulations, euphemistically called administrative rules, will expire this summer. The regulations cover every aspect of Idaho life, from public education to professional licenses. Theres a rule for just about everything, and those rules have the full force of law.
The Legislatures decision to do nothing is more or less the product of a spat between the House and the Senate, but the end result is still fantastic. Gov. Brad Littles administration will need to reinstate each regulation, one program at a time, hopefully leaving a lot on the cutting room floor. (As a side note, I think some regulations cant or shouldnt be reinstated immediately because they dont constitute emergencies, as defined by state law.)
The reinstatement, or better still, elimination, of regulations could be Littles chance to shine, offering his administration a chance to leave a mark on Idahos regulatory landscape. Little has often complained that Idaho has too many regulations. Hes regularly indicated that his administration would like to trim the musts, shalls, shall nots, and other regulatory mandates on Idahoans, much of which has been a cumulative result many years of more additions than subtractions from Idahos administrative code. So far, Little has signaled his seriousness about the endeavor. Hes hired Alex Adams, formerly a regulation-cutter at the Board of Pharmacy, to run the governors budget office, the Division of Financial Management. Little, with the blessing of the Legislature, has given Adams control over administrative rules.
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Which legislature? Oh, Idaho’s. Should have been put in the title.
What a great opportunity for Idaho to nullify rule by unelected fascist bureaucrats. Do it. Make it a model for every state in the union.
I guess the Idaho Freedom Foundation doesn’t feel the need to do that. And I don’t want to change a title so people searching on a title get a bad result.
I’m all for this. Idaho is one of the freest states in the USA but bureaucratic incrementalism is inevitable because that’s all the bureaucrats know how to do. Rip up the rule book and let my people go!
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