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Little proposes elimination of 10 regulatory programs in occupational licensing. Gov. Little has announced the proposed elimination of 10 outdated regulatory programs in the state’s occupational licensing rules, as part of the implementation of one of his executive orders.

“I am deeply committed to reducing regulations and cleaning up outdated laws that only serve to confuse and burden Idaho citizens and businesses,” Little said. “This latest step demonstrates my administration’s progress in working with the Legislature to deliver on that promise.”

The license types are proposed for elimination as part of Little’s Executive Order 2019-01, the Licensing Freedom Act of 2019. Under the law, the Division of Financial Management (DFM) must review no fewer than five occupational regulatory programs to determine if continuation of the programs is in the public interest.

In a report required under the act, DFM Administrator Alex Adams wrote that 10 license types were identified for elimination, ranging from cemetarians and athlete agents to weighmasters and salespersons of used manufactured homes.

DFM collaborated with the Occupational Licensing and Certification Laws Interim Committee in the review. Senator Todd Lakey and Representative Gayann DeMordaunt co-chair the interim committee, which the Legislature authorized to undertake and complete a study of occupational licensing and certification laws in Idaho. DFM will continue to work closely with the committee in implementing the Governor’s executive order.

“I appreciate the partnership we have with Governor Little in our latest efforts to limit new regulation, reduce existing regulation and make sure prior a criminal conviction is relevant to the occupational license sought by an individual,” Senator Todd Lakey said.

“Reducing barriers to good-paying jobs assures continued economic growth and opportunity for all Idahoans,” Representative DeMordaunt said.

The proposed changes will be considered by the Idaho Legislature in 2020. View the full report here.


House Republicans to host town hall in Idaho Falls. House Republican Leadership and members of the House GOP Caucus from Idaho Falls will hold a town hall meeting at the Parks and Recreation Department on Oct. 15. This will be the fourth town hall in a series throughout the Gem State.

“We are committed to being true representatives of our constituents; it’s not just a title to us,” said Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, who will attend. “This town hall will help us better understand how we can represent the needs of the people of Idaho Falls in the Statehouse.”

The will be held 6-8 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Offices at 520 Memorial Drive. The representatives will answer written questions, and then be available to talk to people one-on-one. They encourage their constituents and the media to attend. They also encourage early questions to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Idaho Falls is a vibrant city with expanding educational opportunities, but they’re facing some challenges too,” said Caucus Chair Rep. Megan Blanksma, who will also be attending. “This town hall can help us help them address issues important to the Idaho Falls area.”

Attending: Speaker of the House Scott Bedke; Majority Leader Mike Moyle, Majority Caucus Chair Megan Blanksma, Assistant Majority Leader Jason Monks, Rep. Gary Marshall, Rep. Wendy Horman, Rep. Barbara Ehardt, Rep. Bryan Zollinger


Governor appoints Maupin as Valley County Commissioner. Gov. Brad Little has appointed Sherry Maupin as Valley County Commissioner. “Sherry’s interest and expertise in issues important to Valley County make her an ideal fit for this important role,” Little said.  “She possesses the leadership skills and knowledge expected of a county commissioner.”

Maupin worked 27 years in banking with First Interstate Bank and most recently as a Vice President at Idaho First Bank. She spent 11 years as a real estate agent in the Treasure Valley and West Central Mountains. She is the president of the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council and president of the Board of the Ponderosa Center.  

Little appointed Maupin following the retirement of District 2 Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank. Maupin will serve the remainder of Cruickshank’s term, set to end December 2020.


Gov. Little’s public events this week

THURSDAY, October 17, 2019

Governor Little will speak at the annual State Controller’s Office payroll conference in the Lincoln Auditorium at 8:30 a.m.

Governor Little will preside over the regularly scheduled Land Board meeting in State Capitol room EW42 at 1:30 p.m.