INSPECTION AND SUPPRESSION OF DISEASES AMONG LIVESTOCK
25-238. Civil penalties. (1) Any person, firm or corporation violating the provisions of this chapter or rules promulgated under this chapter may be assessed a civil penalty by the department or its agent of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000) for each offense. Persons, firms or corporations against whom civil penalties are assessed are liable for reasonable attorney’s fees. Civil penalties may be assessed in conjunction with any other department administrative action. Civil penalties may not be assessed unless the person, firm or corporation charged has been given notice and an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to the provisions of chapter 52, title 67, Idaho Code. If the department is unable to collect an assessed civil penalty or if any person, firm or corporation fails to pay all or a set portion of a civil penalty as determined by the department, the department may recover such amount by action in the appropriate district court. Any person, firm or corporation against whom the department has assessed a civil penalty under this chapter may, within twenty-eight (28) days of the final agency action making the assessment, seek judicial review of the assessment in accordance with the provisions of chapter 52, title 67, Idaho Code. Moneys collected for violations of this chapter, or rules promulgated under this chapter, shall be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the livestock disease control and T.B. indemnity fund. If the director determines that a person, firm or corporation has not complied with this chapter, or the rules promulgated under this chapter, the director shall identify appropriate corrective actions. The director may develop a formal compliance schedule to correct deficiencies caused by noncompliance. The director may, through a formal compliance schedule, allow all or part of the value of the assessed civil penalties to apply toward correction of the deficiencies.
(2) Nothing in this section requires the director to report minor violations for prosecution when he believes that the public interest will be best served by suitable warnings or other administrative action.
[25-238, added 2005, ch. 44, sec. 1, p. 172.]