This message is part recap, part update, and part call for support.
Following the passage of the hunt tag allocation Law last spring, the agencies tasked with implementing this law—in particular, the Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board—determined the statute did not provide them sufficient authority and/or specific direction in particular sections of the law in order to implement those elements according to the intent. In particular, these areas included the preferred/intended methodology for the designation of allocated tags, hardship consideration, tag transfers and exchanges.
IOGA has therefore worked extensively over the past year with staff and counsel from the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board—-including consultation with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Office of the Governor, the Division of Financial Management, and with regular updates and input from hunt outfitters statewide— to develop amending language to address and solve for those concerns.
This amending legislation does not make changes to any of the fundamental concepts of the law passed last year. Rather, it simply ensures that law affect its original intent by providing the germane agencies the authority and direction they have requested. This authority and direction will ensure that statutes are implemented in a manner that provides predictability and opportunities for growth for outfitters, and maximizes the use of these tags by the outfitted public.
The Update This amending legislation has been introduced and assigned a bill number, H 426, and will have a hearing in the House Resources and Conservation Committee on February 13, barring unforeseen rescheduling.
The [call to] Action Put plainly, while we expect successful passage of the amending legislation, you can help us ensure its passage by writing members of the House Resources and Conservation Committee to express your support and request they send the House Bill 426 to the floor with a ‘do pass’ recommendation.
Here is how you can help House Bill 426 become Law: