Idaho Voters to Consider Constitutional Amendments
What's on the ballot for Idaho's voters, from A Seat in the House
I discussed the three school propositions in the previous River Journal that will be on the November election ballot. In addition to these three propositions, there are also two Idaho constitutional amendments for the voters to consider election day.
Senate Joint Resolution 102 (SJR 102) proposes an “amendment to Section 5, Article X, of the state constitution that provides that the state board of correction shall have control, direction and management of felony probation and parole.”
Article X, Section 5 of the state constitution provides that the Board of Correction’s authority includes adult probation and parole, including not only those convicted of felonies but also those who have committed misdemeanors. The authority outlined in Article X, Section 5 was adopted by the legislature in 1942. Since then the legislature has adopted statutes granting counties the authority to supervise misdemeanor probationers as well as their having authority to charge misdemeanor probationers a supervision fee.
The proposed constitutional amendment under Senate Joint Resolution 102 inserts the word “felony” before the word “probation” in Article X, Section 5 to clarify that the Board of Correction’s authority only applies to those who are on parole for a felony violation and defines the authority of counties to continue to supervise misdemeanor probation, as is the current practice.
House Joint Resolution 2 proposes an amendment to Article 1 of the Idaho Constitution by the addition of a New Section 23 preserving the right of the public to hunt, fish and trap in the state.
The meaning and purpose of the amendment as outlined in the Secretary of State’s campaign information is to: “provide that the rights to hunt, fish and trap are a valued part of Idaho’s heritage and would preserve these rights for the people of Idaho and (to) manage these rights through the laws of the state. This amendment specifies that hunting, fishing and trapping shall be a preferred means of managing wildlife. This amendment does not create a right to trespass or affect rights to divert or appropriate water. This amendment also will not prevent the suspension or revocation of licenses issued by the state for hunting, fishing or trapping.”
House Joint Resolution 2 (HJR2) was passed by the legislature because bans on certain types of hunting and trapping have been introduced and passed in other states by animal rights activists and other anti-hunting groups that have been successful in eroding sportsmen’s rights to hunt, fish and trap. This amendment would guarantee that these rights are guaranteed as an integral section of the Idaho State Constitution.
I supported both of these proposed changes in our state constitution; SJR 102 because it places in statute procedures already in practice and working well and HJR 2 because it provides more protection for a valued part of our heritage, i.e. the right to hunt, fish and trap, recognizing that public hunting, fishing and trapping is the preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.
Election day is November 6, less than 38 days away at the time of writing this article, so be sure to put this date on your calendar and remember to vote! If you are a qualified voter and not yet registered, you can register with the County Clerk up to 25 days before Election Day. You can also register on the day of the election at your polling place by “completing a registration card, making an oath as prescribed by the Secretary of State and providing proof of residence.” You also must provide an authorized photo ID. A photo ID is now required to vote in Idaho, or in the absence of an acceptable photo ID, you can also meet Idaho’s requirement by signing a Personal Identification Affidavit.
Thanks for reading and as always please feel free to contact me with questions relating to this article or other issues important to you. I can by reached by phone at (208) 265-0123, by mail at P.O. Box 112, Dover, 83825 or by email at geskridge(at)coldreams.com
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George Eskridge, is the Idaho Representative for House District 1B