Idaho pursues further cuts to state regulations. Gov. Brad Little joined House and Senate majority Leadership in a joint press conference to announce the state will pursue further cuts to the Idaho Administrative Code this year.

Since Little took office in January, his administration worked with the Legislature to cut and simplify 40 percent of Idaho’s administrative rules.

Little and legislative leaders will continue to work together to further reduce regulatory burdens on Idaho citizens and businesses. The state’s licensing boards and commissions will work to implement 101 rule change recommendations resulting from the Licensing Freedom Act of 2017, which aimed to streamline and limit Idaho’s occupational licensing laws. Then-Lt. Governor Little created the Licensing Freedom Act of 2017 by executive order.

Ultimately, the state may achieve a total reduction of 55 to 60 percent of all state regulations between the start and end of 2019.

“Conservative principles work, and Idahoans should be proud of the legislators they have sent to the Statehouse to do the work of the people,” Little said. “I appreciate the support of the Legislature and the agencies within my administration for helping us achieve the largest regulatory cuts in state history.”

“Other states are paying attention to what’s happening in Idaho,” Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill said. “Idaho is leading the rest of the country yet again. We are showing other states and the federal government that meaningful regulatory reform can happen when elected leaders in the executive and legislative branches can work together in an open, transparent process and drive change.”

“The rule reauthorization process that started in the spring expedited the good work Governor Little started in January, when more than 20 legislators joined him at the signing of two executive orders aimed at scaling back Idaho’s Administrative Code,” House Speaker Scott Bedke said. “Our efforts to closely examine our laws started collaboratively and will continue collaboratively. Together we created a good process, and the Legislature is committed to continuing to work with Governor Little and his administration to make it a cyclical practice.”

State Complete Count Committee to meet July 25. Secretary of State Lawerence Denney has announced that the first meeting of the State Complete Count Committee will be held July 25 in Boise.

Denney co-chairs the committee, which was established by Gov. Little to assist federal partners in completing the 2020 Census Count. Former state legislator Wendy Jaquet co-chairs the committee with Secretary Denney.

The meeting will be held July 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. MST at the Idaho Historical Museum, located at 610 Julia David Drive in Boise. The agenda is available on the Governor’s web site at https://gov.idaho.gov/2020-census/. The committee includes broad representation from a number of organizations, agencies, and legislators.

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a population count every 10 years. Census results help determine the allocation of federal funds and electoral redistricting, and they help inform business and policymaking decisions at all levels. American households will receive an invitation to participate by April of 2020. Additional information about the 2020 Census is available at https://2020census.gov/.

Grangeville to host Gov. Little’s Capital for a Day. The governor’s next Capital for a Day will be held in Grangeville on July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grangeville Senior Center, 108 Grangeville Truck Route.  

Officials joining Governor Little include:

  • Department of Commerce Director Tom Kealey
  • Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen
  • Department of Labor Director Jani Revier
  • Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian Ness
  • Division of Financial Management Administrator Alex Adams
  • Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever
  • Representatives from Idaho’s congressional delegation

In addition, representatives of the following agencies and state entities will be on hand to help answer questions: Idaho State Police, Division of Veterans Services, Idaho Office of Emergency Management, Department of Water Resources, Department of Lands, Division of Building Safety and the Idaho State Historical Society.

“Grangeville is an important economic hub in north central Idaho, and I look forward to hearing from the people in the area about their thoughts and ideas related to Idaho state government,” Little said. “It is an honor for me to continue the tradition and hold Capital for a Day in communities around Idaho. It gives members of my administration and me the opportunity to listen and learn about the issues they care about.”

Western Conservation Professionals Honored by WAFWA. The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has honored conservation professionals from several western states with awards commending their work to conserve fish and wildlife resources. The awards were announced July 15 at WAFWA's annual conference, held this year in Manhattan, Kansas.

Virgil Moore, retired Director of Idaho Fish and Game was honored with WAFWA’s most prestigious award, the Phillip W. Schneider Lifetime Achievement Award. Moore was recognized for his more than four decades of leadership with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and his innumerable contributions to WAFWA. Moore retired in January, 2019, capping a 42-year career devoted to fish and wildlife management.

Moore’s leadership contribution to WAFWA spanned several committees and issues over the years. Most recently, Moore served as chair of the Sage-Grouse Executive Oversight Committee from 2012 – 2018, a joint state-federal committee under WAFWA sponsorship which created the important conduit for necessary partnership and conservation vision to avoid federal listing of this iconic bird. Moore broadened his leadership footprint as the 2018 president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).  In this capacity, he led state fish and game agencies and partners across the nation in a vision for funding future conservation of all of America’s wildlife through the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.  The award Moore received is named for Phillip W. Schneider of Oregon, whose legendary commitment to fish and wildlife resources spanned more than 40 years.

Governor’s Salmon Workgroup hosting public meeting in Salmon. The Governor’s Salmon Workgroup is hosting a public meeting in Salmon, Idaho on July 30 – 31, 2019. The workgroup will tour fish habitat improvement projects on July 30. Contact Irina Voyce with the Office of Species Conservation to schedule.

On July 31 the workgroup will meet at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Salmon, Idaho headquarters located at 99 US-93 in the Joe Wenger Conference Room from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  The agenda and call-in number for out-of-town residents to participate, along with additional information about the workgroup is available on the OSC website: https://species.idaho.gov/governors-salmon-workgroup/

Governor Little directed his Office of Species Conservation (OSC) to establish a workgroup dedicated to addressing salmon issues. The workgroups first meeting was held in Boise, Idaho on June 28th and brought together diverse stakeholders to collaboratively develop a unified policy recommendation to assist Governor Little as he shapes Idaho’s policy on salmon recovery.

The workgroup will host several meetings throughout Idaho to provide opportunities to share perspectives on salmon policy in Idaho. The dates for the upcoming meetings are listed below.  More information will be announced in the coming weeks.

  • September 19-20: Lewiston, Idaho
  • October 29-30: Twin Falls, Idaho
  • November 19: Boise, Idaho

Idaho Travel Council Announces July Meeting and Grant Awards. The Idaho Travel Council (ITC) will meet July 29 and 30, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Twin Falls City Hall Council Chambers, (203 Main Avenue East, Twin Falls, Idaho). On Monday, July 29, the Council will hear a FY19 review from Idaho Commerce and Idaho Tourism, agency and grant updates, and scope of work changes before reviewing and discussing the 2019 Idaho Regional Travel and Convention Grant applications. Tuesday’s agenda includes continued grant review and discussion, grant awards, any new business and an ITC strategic planning session.

The ITC meeting is open to the public. View the full ITC agenda here. The ITC is an eight-member, private-sector advisory board appointed by the Governor. The goal of the ITC, as well as Idaho Tourism, is to grow Idaho’s economy by increasing visitor expenditures throughout the state. For a full list of ITC members, click here. To learn more about Idaho Tourism, go to Tourism.Idaho.gov or VisitIdaho.org.