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SJM103.........................................by RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT LAND - Stating findings of the Legislature and urging the President of the United States and the Congress of the United States to pass legislation establishing an equitable reimbursement formula based upon the number of users or acreage or another equitable basis for the Bureau of Land Management to reimburse counties for local law enforcement services. 02/14 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/15 Rpt prt - to Res/Env 02/22 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord 02/23 10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote Floor Sponsor - Goedde Title apvd - to House 02/24 House intro - 1st rdg - to Res/Con 03/02 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 03/03 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 03/09 3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote Floor Sponsor - Wood Title apvd - to Senate 03/10 To enrol 03/11 Rpt enrol - Pres signed 03/14 Sp signed 03/15 To Secretary of State
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-eighth Legislature First Regular Session - 2005 IN THE SENATE SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 103 BY RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE 1 A JOINT MEMORIAL 2 TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS 3 ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF 4 IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. 5 We, your Memorialists, the Senate and the House of Representatives of the 6 State of Idaho assembled in the First Regular Session of the Fifty-eighth 7 Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that: 8 WHEREAS, more than 22% of the state of Idaho is land controlled by the 9 U.S. Bureau of Land Management; and 10 WHEREAS, Bureau of Land Management lands do not pay property taxes to help 11 pay for services on those lands; and 12 WHEREAS, all county sheriffs in Idaho's forty-four counties must provide 13 law enforcement services on Bureau of Land Management lands ranging from traf- 14 fic accidents to homicide investigations on a regular and increasing basis; 15 and 16 WHEREAS, the Bureau of Land Management reimburses twenty-four counties for 17 services at a fraction of the actual cost while the other twenty counties 18 receive no compensation; and 19 WHEREAS, there is no formula for compiling the reimbursement from the 20 Bureau of Land Management to counties for law enforcement functions; and 21 WHEREAS, counties in Idaho receive reimbursement at a rate ranging from 22 0.1 cent per acre up to 88 cents per acre with the average being only 11.6 23 cents per acre; and 24 WHEREAS, the Idaho Sheriffs' Association and the Western State Sheriffs' 25 Association have attempted to rectify the issue of additional funding and a 26 standardized formula for distribution of that funding with the Bureau of Land 27 Management for several years, but have not had any rectification of the mat- 28 ter. 29 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session 30 of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Representa- 31 tives concurring therein, that we urge the President of the United States and 32 the Congress of the United States to pass legislation establishing an equita- 33 ble reimbursement formula based upon the number of users or acreage or another 34 equitable basis for the Bureau of Land Management to reimburse counties for 35 local law enforcement services. 36 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate be, and she is 37 hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this Memorial to the Pres- 38 ident of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Con- 39 gress, and the congressional delegation representing the State of Idaho in the 40 Congress of the United States.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 14980 The Bureau of Land Management has control of more than 22% of the total acreage in the State of Idaho. These lands do not pay property taxes and are promoted as great areas of recreation for Idaho residents and visitors. The Bureau of Land Management has a minimal staff to deal with law enforcement issues, so criminal investigations, ranging from traffic accidents to homicide investigations, must be investigated by county sheriffs, placing the burden for these services on local property tax payers. Currently, in Idaho, all forty-four counties have some Bureau of Land Management Land within their jurisdictions. Only twenty- four of the forty four counties receive reimbursement from the Bureau of Land Management for Law Enforcement Service. There is no standardized formula on how that money is allocated, nor have the rates increased to keep up with costs. This Memorial urges the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that will establish an equitable reimbursement formula based on some measurable, standardized method. FISCAL IMPACT None unless funds are appropriated as requested and then the impact would be positive. Contact Name: Sen. John Goedde Phone: 332-1331 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE SJM 103