Public Hearings: Idaho Department of Lands

Earlier this summer, numerous Idahoans signed petitions requesting public hearings for changes the  Idaho Department of Lands made regarding the following rules: IDAPA 20.03.01 Rules Governing Dredge and Placer Mining Operations in Idaho. The information regarding this hearing as published in the Idaho Administrative Bulletin can be found here.

The purpose of this post is to announce that the hearings for those rules have been scheduled and to provide a brief background. 

At the close of the 2019 legislative session, the bill to approve the Idaho Administrative Code went unsigned – effectively leaving the entire code to expire on July 1, 2019. Many of the administrative rules were recently reauthorized as temporary rules by Governor Little, in order to keep the government functioning until the 2020 legislature re-convenes. All reauthorized temporary rules were required by Idaho code to seek public negotiations, comments, and allow for the calling of public hearings.  Locations where at least twenty-five people signed a petition to request a public hearing triggered the executive agency to visit the requested location.

Although the departments did not schedule hearings in each county where petitions were received, they do have a few scheduled. Below, please find the information on when and where those hearings will be held. We hope that you will be able to attend one or more of the hearings and encourage you to share this information with your friends and neighbors. If you cannot make the public hearing, please send in your comments by email to Eric Wilson at no later than August 16, 2019. If you have questions or are concerned as to why the agency decided to not come to your county, we encourage you to contact the agency director, Tom Schultz, at 208-334-0242. 

Additionally, we have included a link where the information for other hearings currently scheduled this month can be found. We encourage you to review the list and attend any other hearings that are of interest to you: schedule for all public hearings.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

1:00pm – 3:00pm (PDT)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

12:00pm – 2:00pm (MDT)

Friday, August 16, 2019

2:00pm – 4:00pm (MDT)

Idaho Dept. of Lands

Coeur d’Alene Staff Office

Sundance Conf. Room

3284 West Industrial Loop

Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Idaho Dept. of Lands

Eastern Supervisory Area

3563 Ririe Highway

Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Idaho State Capitol Building

Lincoln Auditorium

Room WW02

700 West Jefferson Street

Boise, ID 83702

Also, we’d like to specifically direct your attention to another hearing being held by the Department of Land, regarding IDAPA 20.02.01 Rules Pertaining to the Idaho Forest Practices Act. Information regarding that hearing can be found here.