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Yes on HJR5: ensures authority to review

Letter to the Editor

I’m writing this in support of HJR5, a constitutional amendment on the ballot this November that will protect Idaho families, farms and other businesses from excessive government regulations.

Voting yes on HJR5 ensures that your elected representatives will continue to have authority to review rules (regulations) that are proposed by unelected employees of state agencies such as the Idaho Tax Commission or the Department of Environmental Quality.

Once adopted, these agency rules are just like laws, which each of us must obey, or face fines or possibly imprisonment.

HJR5 ensures your elected representatives review and approve or reject all rules prior to their enforcement.

HJR5 ensures an activist court cannot take away this important protection in the future, as has happened in some other states.

HJR5 ensures Idaho agencies do not become like the EPA, IRS, Forest Service or BLM, which enact and enforce rules with no oversight from Congress. HJR5 does not grant any new or additional powers to the legislature. It simply ensures that the current practice will continue. Voting yes will protect Idaho families and businesses from excessive regulations into the future.

Please join your friends in the Idaho County Farm Bureau in voting yes on HJR5.

Mike Frei


Idaho County Farm Bureau


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