On February 11, 2019, the Idaho State Senate introduced Senate Bill 1089 (S1089). According to the statement of purpose, this proposed legislation further clarifies in the law that it is illegal to block any public land from use or to place signs indicating that public land isn’t open. More frequently than in the past, individuals who want to reserve an area to themselves for hunting, or who want to divert traffic on the land for other purposes, have done just that. With this problem as a backdrop, Senate Bill 1089 allows for penalties including a $1500 fine and up to 6 months in jail for infraction of this law.
Lindsey Zea is a Policy and Research Associate with the Madison Liberty Institute. Lindsey holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from BYU-Idaho and loves finding applications of history to current events and political debates. She also serves as a Policy Analyst with the Better Cities Project (BCP) and formerly interned with the Libertas Institute in Utah.