STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
RS28238C1 / H0101
This bill will provide flexibility for state agencies to employ attorneys other than the Attorney General’s Office.
Currently, only certain state agencies may choose their own attorneys to represent the State of Idaho on their
behalf before courts, administrative tribunals and federal agencies. This bill will extend the right to choose
legal counsel to all state offices, boards, commissions and entities. These entities may still choose to obtain
legal services from the Attorney General. The Attorney General and the Board of Examiners will no longer be
required to screen and prequalify attorneys who desire to perform contract legal services for the State of Idaho.
The Attorney General currently has 127 DAGs with a personnel cost appropriation of $16,648,411 allocated
to these positions. There are also operating expenses built into the AGs budget for items like travel, bar
membership dues, software subscriptions like lexus nexus, and continuing legal education credits. Total
spending in operating was $1.5 million last year, but these items listed above are less than half that amount,
particularly because this includes the internet crimes against children program and special litigation program.
Representative John Vander Woude
Representative Bruce D. Skaug
DISCLAIMER: This statement of purpose and fiscal note are a mere attachment to this bill and prepared by a proponent
of the bill. It is neither intended as an expression of legislative intent nor intended for any use outside of the legislative
process, including judicial review (Joint Rule 18).
Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Note Bill SOP/FN INTRODUCED: 02/05/2021, 9:43 AMStatutes affected:
Bill Text: 67-1401, 67-1406, 67-1408, 67-1409, 39-9004, 54-2120, 57-727, 58-120, 61-204, 63-3047, 63-3048, 63-3056, 63-3066, 67-802, 67-2601A, 67-5773, 67-8725, 74-123