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SENATE BILL NO. 1027 – F&G comm, term of office


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S1027..........................................................by SCHROEDER
FISH AND GAME - Amends existing law to delete term of office provisions
relating to the Fish and Game Commission.
01/18    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
01/19    Rpt prt - to Res/Env

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-ninth Legislature                  First Regular Session - 2007
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                    SENATE BILL NO. 1027
                                        BY SCHROEDER
  1                                        AN ACT
  4    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  5        SECTION 1.  That Section 36-102, Idaho Code, be, and the  same  is  hereby
  6    amended to read as follows:
  7        36-102.  IDAHO  FISH  AND  GAME  COMMISSION. (a) Creation. There is hereby
  8    created the Idaho fish and game commission. The department of fish and game of
  9    the state of Idaho is hereby placed under the supervision, management and con-
 10    trol of said Idaho fish and game commission, hereinafter referred  to  as  the
 11    commission or as said commission.
 12        (b)  Membership  --  Appointment  --  Qualifications. The commission shall
 13    consist of seven (7) members, to be appointed by the governor of the state  of
 14    Idaho,  who  shall  hold  office  during the pleasure of the governor  and who
 15    shall be subject to removal by him. The selection and appointment of said mem-
 16    bers shall be made solely upon consideration of the welfare and best interests
 17    of fish and game in the state of Idaho, and no person  shall  be  appointed  a
 18    member  of  said  commission unless he shall be well informed upon, and inter-
 19    ested in, the subject of wildlife  conservation  and  restoration.  No  member
 20    shall  hold  any other elective or appointive office, state, county or munici-
 21    pal, or any office in any political party organization. Not more than four (4)
 22    of the members of said commission shall at any time belong to the same politi-
 23    cal party. Each of the members of said commission shall be a  citizen  of  the
 24    United  States,  and  of  the  state of Idaho, and a bona fide resident of the
 25    region from which he is appointed as hereinafter set forth.  Said  members  so
 26    appointed  shall  act  and  assume full powers and duties upon appointment, as
 27    herein provided, but such appointments shall be subject to confirmation by the
 28    senate at its next session.
 29        (c)  Creation of Regions. For the purpose of this act, the state of  Idaho
 30    is divided into seven (7) regions, which shall be named:
 31        (1)  Panhandle  region  to  consist  of  the counties of Boundary, Bonner,
 32        Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah;
 33        (2)  Clearwater region to consist of the counties  of  Latah,  Clearwater,
 34        Nez Perce, Lewis and Idaho;
 35        (3)  Southwestern  region  to  consist  of  the counties of Adams, Valley,
 36        Washington, Payette, Gem, Boise, Canyon, Ada, Elmore and Owyhee;
 37        (4)  Magic Valley region to consist of  the  counties  of  Camas,  Blaine,
 38        Gooding, Lincoln, Minidoka, Jerome, Twin Falls and Cassia;
 39        (5)  Southeastern  region  to  consist  of the counties of Bingham, Power,
 40        Bannock, Caribou, Oneida, Franklin and Bear Lake;
 41        (6)  Upper Snake River region to consist of the counties  of  Clark,  Fre-
 42        mont, Butte, Jefferson, Madison, Teton and Bonneville;
 43        (7)  Salmon region to consist of the counties of Lemhi and Custer.
  1        Each  of  the above enumerated regions shall, at all times, be represented
  2    by one (1) member of the commission, appointed from said region by the  gover-
  3    nor.
  4        (d)  Terms of Office.
  5        (1)  Except  as  provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the members
  6        of said commission shall be appointed for a term of four (4)  years;  pro-
  7        vided,  that  in the case of the death of any commissioner, or his removal
  8        from office as hereinbefore provided, the governor shall appoint a succes-
  9        sor from the same region for the unexpired term.  Beginning  in  1999  and
 10        thereafter,  the  term of each member shall expire on June 30. The term of
 11        any member which would otherwise expire prior to June 30 shall be extended
 12        to June 30. No member shall serve more than two (2) terms, except  that  a
 13        member  appointed  to  fill  an unexpired term may be appointed to two (2)
 14        additional, full terms. Members serving on the effective date of this  act
 15        shall  be  eligible  to complete the term they are then serving, and shall
 16        thereafter be governed by the provisions of this subsection  limiting  the
 17        length  of  any additional terms to four (4) years and the number of terms
 18        to two (2).
 19        (2)  In appointing successors for the members whose terms expire in  1999,
 20        the governor shall designate two (2) members to be appointed for a term of
 21        three (3) years and two (2) members to be appointed for a term of four (4)
 22        years.  Successors  to the members appointed for a term of three (3) years
 23        shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years thereafter.
 24        (e)  Oath of Office -- Bond. Each commissioner shall, before entering upon
 25    his official duties, take and subscribe to the official oath, in  writing,  as
 26    provided  by  section  59-401,  Idaho  Code, to which said official oath there
 27    shall be added a declaration as to the name of the political  party  to  which
 28    such  commissioner belongs, and said commissioner shall be bonded to the state
 29    of Idaho in the time, form, and manner prescribed  by  chapter  8,  title  59,
 30    Idaho Code.
 31        (fe)  Compensation and Reimbursement for Expenses. Each member of the com-
 32    mission shall be compensated as provided by section 59-509(h), Idaho Code. All
 33    such compensation and expenses shall be paid from the fish and game account.
 34        (gf)  Quorum.  A  majority  of the commissioners shall constitute a quorum
 35    for the transaction of any business, for the performance of any duty,  or  for
 36    the exercise of any power.
 37        (hg)  Office  and Supplies. The commission shall have its principal office
 38    in Ada county and is  authorized  to  purchase  supplies,  equipment,  printed
 39    forms, and notices, and to issue such publications as may be necessary.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                             RS 16669

The purpose of this legislation is to remove term limits from
Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners.

                           FISCAL NOTE

There is no fiscal impact.

Name: Senator Gary Schroeder 
Phone: 208-332-1324

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                        S 1027