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Senate Bill 1302 — Working animals

Senate Bill 1302 — Working animals

Parrish Miller
February 13, 2024

Bill Description: Senate Bill 1302 would define "working animals" and preempt local regulation of them. 

Rating: +2

Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market?

Senate Bill 1302 would create Section 25-3514B, Idaho Code, define "working animals" and preempt local regulation of them. 

The bill would define "working animals" as "any animal used for the purpose of performing a specific duty or function in commerce or service, including but not limited to animals involved in hunting, entertainment, including horse riding and carriage riding, transportation, education, exhibition, agritourism, ranching, farming, logging, or service."

The bill would recognize that "the right to utilize working animals for the mutual benefit and welfare of working animals and those the working animals serve shall be guaranteed."

It would further declare that "no county, municipality, state agency, or political subdivision shall enact or enforce any ordinance, regulation, or rule that is more restrictive than state law or that terminates, bans, or effectively bans, by creating undue financial hardship, on the job use of working animals or a working animal enterprise."


Does it violate the spirit or the letter of either the U.S. 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 U.S. Constitution or the Idaho Constitution?

In addition to reducing regulation, Senate Bill 1302 would help to secure the property rights inherent in the ownership of working animals from intrusion by local governments. 


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