STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS
MINUTES– Regular Meeting
December 20, 2007– 8:55 a.m.
Borah Post Office Building, 204 N. 8th Street, 2nd Floor Courtroom
The regular meeting of the State Board of Examiners was called to order at at 204 N. 8th Street, Boise, Idaho, at 9:00 a.m. pursuant to Idaho Code §67-2002 and by the order of the chair.
The following board members were present: Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter; Secretary of State, Ben Ysursa; Attorney General, Lawrence Wasden, and Donna M. Jones, Secretary to the Board of Examiners recorded the proceedings of the meeting.
Ms. Jones introduced the consent agenda items. Mr. Wasden moved to approve the consent agenda. Mr. Ysursa seconded the motion. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote.
1. Minutes -- Approved
Approval of official minutes for the meeting of the Board of Examiners on November 15, 2007.
2. State Controller - Approved
Request to amend the state travel policy to reflect the change to the federal mileage rate beginning January 1, 2008. The current rate is 48.5 cents per mile driven for business purposes. The updated rate is 50.5 cents per mile driven for business purposes.
3. Bureau of Homeland Security, Division of Military, Executive Office of Governor - Approved
Date to Board
|Incident at the Pocatello Union Pacific Railroad Yard involving a railroad car that was leaking fuel.|
|Incident at 475 E. 6th St. South in Mountain Home involving an Ammonia Anhydrous leak at a potato processing plant.|
|Incident at 244 Cobblestone Loop in Harrison involving a 55 Gallon drum of an unknown substance found on beach of Lake Coeur d’Alene.|
|Incident at 4211 East County Line Rd., in Rigby, involving glass jars testing positive as explosive material in an outbuilding adjacent to dynamite and blasting caps.|
|Incident on Highway 28, Milepost 124 in Salmon, involving an accident including a propane transport carrying 4600 gallons of propane. |
4. Bureau of Homeland Security, Division of Military, Executive Office of Governor
Deficiency warrant quarterly report.
5. Department of Correction
An update from Director Reinke will be given to the Board at the December 20, 2007 meeting. The Board will be updated on IDOC’s “Virtual Prison” monitoring unit and on the progress in relocating IDOC inmates in Texas.
Discussion: Dir. Reinke noted that there are 7,345 people in Idaho who are incarcerated. Of that number, about
551 are held out of state. The Virtual Prison’s function is daily managing the operations of the contract beds, which is 1/3 of the incarcerated population. They have been able to accomplish the managing by primarily already-existing resources. By the end of 2007, 56 inmates will be moved and vacated from the Dickens facility to Val Verde, Texas. There will be 56-96 until more bed capacity in Idaho can be found. In January, another 120 beds will be moved to the Sayer facility. The Sayer facility is currently under construction.
Gov. Otter asked why there is a difference of about $7.00 per day between the facilities.
Dir. Reinke answered that the prices are driven by the market demand right now. There is a huge demand for beds.
Gov. Otter asked Dir. Reinke to comment on the Hope House that has been in the news so much lately.
Dir. Reinke explained that both a challenge and an opportunity the Department has had is through the President’s Faith-Based Initiative. Idaho received an Access to Recovery grant about four years ago. It took awhile to get the program started, and the grant is now expired. There have been two meetings so far in several communities, regarding the Hope House, which is a halfway house of sorts. A lot of fear has been expressed from citizens about where these troubled people are coming from. Dir. Reinke said he assured the citizens that most of the people are not from Corrections. The Department of Correction’s only role in this is to facilitate the meetings. The next meeting group is scheduled for January 24, 2008. The Department would like to find a long-term solution, because it is a valuable resource for the State.
Gov. Otter thanked Dir. Reinke and asked him to keep the Board informed on any updates.
6. Attorney General
a. Notification that Nicole C. Snyder of the firm of Holland & Hart, LLP, has been appointed pursuant to Idaho Code §67-1409 as a special deputy attorney general for the purpose of representing the State of Idaho, Idaho Transportation Department, with regard to the authority and procedure for assessing fees and other exactions on property development that impacts the state highway system. Such representation includes researching, analyzing legal issues, advising the ITD, and representing the ITD in related administrative and/or judicial proceedings.
b. Notification that David G. High, Attorney at Law, has been appointed pursuant to Idaho Code §67-1409
as a special deputy attorney general for the purpose of providing administrative counsel and other legal
services to the PERSI Board on various matters including, but not limited to, public retirement, IRS/tax
issues, and administrative issues.
c. Notification that Lance J. Schuster of the firm of Beard, St. Clair, Gaffney, PA, has been appointed pursuant to Idaho Code §67-1409 as a special deputy attorney general for the purpose of representing the State of Idaho in the case of King v. Christensen, et al.
d. Notification that Lance J. Schuster of the firm of Beard, St. Clair, Gaffney, PA, has been appointed pursuant to Idaho Code §67-1409 as a special deputy attorney general for the purpose of representing the State of Idaho in the case of Melendez, et al. v. Scoggins, et al.
e. Notification that Peter J. Johnson of the firm of Johnson Law Group in Spokane, Washington, has been appointed pursuant to Idaho Code §67-1409 as a special deputy attorney general for the purpose of representing the State of Idaho in the case of Brown, et al. v. Jayne.
7. State Insurance Fund
a. Estimate of the State Insurance Fund expenses to be paid by sight drafts for the month of October, 2007.
Estimated expenditure for workers compensation claim costs, dividends and premium refunds
Funds Expended in October, 2007
Workers Compensation Claim Costs
b. Estimate of the Petroleum Clean Water Trust Fund expenses to be paid by sight draft for the
month of October, 2007.
Estimated expenditure for Petroleum Clean Water Trust Fund
Funds Expended in October, 2007:
There being no further business before the board and on motion duly made and seconded, THE MEETING OF THE STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS WAS ADJOURNED at 9:13 a.m.
__________/s/ C.L. “Butch” Otter________
C.L. “Butch” Otter, Chairman of the Board and
Governor of the State of Idaho
__________/s/ Donna M. Jones ____________
Donna M. Jones, Secretary of the Board and
Idaho State Controller
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