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Great Seal of the State of Idaho

The Office of the Governor



ESTABLISHING A Gubernatorial Task force on Modernizing Transportation Funding in Idaho

WHEREAS, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has responsibility for approximately 12,000 lane miles of highway and over 1,760 bridges in Idaho; and

 WHEREAS, a reliable, resilient and effective transportation system is essential for public safety and Idaho’s long-term economic prosperity; and

            WHEREAS, the current transportation revenue structure will not meet our pressing or long-term transportation funding needs; and 

WHEREAS, a recent legislative audit found that current funding for transportation cannot keep pace with the growth in costs to meet Idaho’s basic transportation needs of preserving and restoring Idaho’s highways and bridges; and 

WHEREAS, the same legislative audit determined that a significant revenue enhancement is merited; and 

WHEREAS, solutions to Idaho’s transportation funding challenge should be user based; and

WHEREAS, a review of such issues should be done in a comprehensive, measured and deliberative manner, providing a wide array of policy options to move transportation funding forward for Idaho; and 

WHEREAS, the Idaho Legislature passed HCR 34 during the 2009 Legislative Session supporting the creation of a task force to evaluate transportation issues;    

NOW, THEREFORE, I, C.L. “Butch” Otter, Governor of the State of Idaho, by the authority vested in me under the Constitution and laws of the State of Idaho do hereby order the following: 

1.      The creation of a Gubernatorial Task Force on Modernizing Transportation Funding in Idaho (Task Force);

2.      The Task Force shall consist of fifteen members and two non-voting, ex officio members. The membership shall include:

a.      The Lieutenant Governor;

b.      The Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee;

c.       The Chair of the House Transportation and Defense Committee;

d.      Four members of the Idaho House of Representatives, including a member from the minority party;

e.       Four members of the Idaho Senate, including a member from the minority party;

f.        Four members of the public, knowledgeable in the state’s transportation system and funding mechanisms; and

g.      The Chair of the ITD board and another ITD board member as non-voting, ex officio members.

3.      All appointments shall be made by the Governor. The chair and vice chair of the Task Force shall be selected by the Governor from the members of the Task Force;

4.      The Task Force shall consider both traditional and non-traditional sources of revenue for maintenance and preservation of highways and bridges, including but not limited to possible revisions to the rates, methods and manner of calculating any and all taxes, fees and registrations relating to fuels, motor vehicles and motor carriers;

5.      The Task Force shall provide findings and recommendations consistent with section 4 of this executive order to the Governor by December 1, 2010;

6.      The Task Force shall draft and present legislation for consideration by the Idaho Legislature during the 2011 legislative session;

7.      ITD shall staff the Task Force and cover all associated costs; and 

8.      The Task Force shall cease to exist on and after July 1, 2011.

Gold State SealIN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Idaho in Boise on this 23rd day of June in the year of our Lord two thousand and nine and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred thirty-third and of the Statehood of Idaho the one hundred nineteenth.


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