Administrative Rules

Administrative Rules
Reviewing Idaho’s Proposed Rules

It’s been a week of firsts.

The first State of the State watching from the floor of the House.

The first JFAC committee meeting.

The first time my niece got to see me on TV. (She was very excited.)

The best thing about these firsts: They are the start of many wonderful things to come.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll share with you as much as I can about how and why things happen during a legislative session.

Let’s start with administrative rules. When a new session begins, we review department and agency rules proposed during the last year. Those rules often come about because of legislation passed during the prior session. Many times, the suggested changes update existing rules because needs transform over time, and these rules have the force of law, so we must get them right.

Here’s the crazy thing: Idaho is one of the few states that reviews its rules. 

We can’t amend the rules. It’s a yes or no vote. If the rule is rejected, it can’t be resubmitted during the same session. 

It’s a system of checks and balances that help legislators ensure the rules match the intent of the law.

I’m the first to admit that the rules don’t make for the most entertaining reading, but it’s a critical task. It’s also a reminder that government works best when we do our part to keep things clear and understandable.

That’s one of the reasons for Governor Little’s executive order that requires agencies remove two regulations for every new, proposed regulation. It’s not a gimmick, but an important task to spring clean our current regulations.

Some regulations still on the books don’t apply anymore, but it was easier to keep adding instead of going back and deleting. The simpler we can make things for people the better, and wading through outdated regulations doesn’t help anyone.

Overall, I’ve loved my first week in Boise. I’m working with some amazing folks, and I’m honored to serve you.