Bill description: HB 252 would limit the authority of the state Department of Fish and Game to conduct warrantless searches.
Does it violate the spirit or the letter of either the US Constitution or the Idaho Constitution? Examples include restrictions on speech, public assembly, the press, privacy, private property, or firearms. Conversely, does it restore or uphold the protections guaranteed in the US Constitution or the Idaho Constitution?
HB 252 would require the state Department of Fish and Game to obtain a warrant or the owner’s consent prior to conducting a search or inspection of a vehicle, boat, storage facility, restaurant, or other private property unless the officers have probable cause to believe there is a violation of state law.
Under current law, officers of the Department of Fish and Game are given wide authority to inspect private vehicles and private property if they have any reason to think a private individual has violated a law.
HB 252 would protect the rights secured under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution of protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.