"Shall Article III, of the Constitution of the State of Idaho be amended by the addition of a new section 29, to confirm that the legislature may authorize executive rulemaking; however, the legislature shall not relinquish oversight, which such oversight is done by approval or rejection, in whole or in part, of an executive rule; and to provide that the legislature's approval or rejection of such a rule shall not require the approval of the governor?"
Meaning, Purpose and Result to Be Accomplished
The Legislature's ability to approve or reject executive rules is an important aspect of the
separation of powers, because these rules have the force and effect of law. Existing law
allows Idaho state agencies to make rules that implement or interpret statutes passed by
the Legislature. The Legislature currently oversees that rulemaking process by accepting or
rejecting adopted rules. The proposed amendment confirms and protects the Legislature's
practice to authorize executive branch rulemaking, and to accept or reject adopted rules.
Statements FOR the Proposed Amendment
- Legislative review of executive rulemaking is necessary to ensure that Idahoans have
a responsible state government. Executive rules are written by executive branch
state agencies. These rules describe how laws passed by the Legislature will be
interpreted and implemented. These rules impact the lives of Idaho citizens, as state
agencies regulate businesses, licenses, benefits, and fees. The Legislature's oversight
of agency rules can limit agency overreaching into the rights and lives of Idahoans
and its businesses.
- Legislative review of executive rulemaking is necessary to ensure the separation of
powers between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of Idaho
government. Executive branch agencies write and adopt rules. Legislative review of
agency rules ensures agency restraint and adherence to the law. Placing the
Legislature's review authority in the Idaho Constitution protects that authority and
the rights of Idaho citizens.
Statements AGAINST the Proposed Amendment
- Legislative review of executive rulemaking may infringe on executive branch power
by the Legislature. By providing that the Legislature shall not relinquish its
executive rulemaking oversight, the proposed amendment potentially could impact
the ability of the executive branch to direct and manage the affairs of the state.
- The proposed amendment is unnecessary. Legislative review is currently authorized
by statute, and affirmed by the Idaho Supreme Court. As a result, legislative
authority is adequately protected.