RS30113 / S1033
In section 67-6537, Idaho’s legislature established the policy that encourages the continued use of surface water
when there is a land use change under the land use planning act. Notwithstanding this statute, a recent court
decision held that the Director of the Idaho Department of Water Resources exceeded his authority by relying on
this policy for purposes of conditioning new groundwater applications. This bill would provide clear authority
to the Director to condition new irrigation groundwater rights consistent with this policy.
This bill has no impact on the general fund because it deals with review and consideration of new groundwater
rights and will not require additional funds or time.
Senator Van T. Burtenshaw
(208) 332-1000
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: 01/30/2023, 3:39 PM