Counties, boundaries
COUNTIES – Amends existing law to revise the boundaries of Benewah County, Bonner County, Clearwater County, Kootenai County, Latah County, and Shoshone County.

RS31408 / H0646

This Legislation amends Idaho Code Sections, 31-107, 31-111, 31-120, 31-130, 31-131, and 31-142, revising the North-South boundary lines of Benewah, Bonner, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah, and Shoshone Counties. This legislation will remove references to an ambiguous North-South line of reference common to the above six (6) county boundaries and will redescribe new boundaries with a clear unambiguous North-South boundary based on the United States Public Land Surey System. This Legislation will fix a long-standing problem with legal descriptions, and surveys stemming from descriptions written prior to Idaho’s Statehood, based upon a “tree” at the mouth of the Northfork of the Clearwater River, which disappeared decades ago. The surveyors and others from these counties have been working on this problem for over seven (7) years. This is a culmination of work by all six (6) counties and proper ordinances have been recorded by each of the six (6) Counties agreeing to this fix. This legislation will require the County Assessors of Benewah, Bonner, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah, and Shoshone Counties to complete the following no later than January 1, of the year following the enactment of this law:

1. To revise their respective County Tax Assessment rolls to reflect the County Boundary revisions in this legislation;

2. To enlist the services of a licensed land surveyor to produce new legal descriptions for any land parcels affected by the new County boundaries. All REVISED descriptions shall include the words, “CHANGED IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE SIX BOUNDARY STATUTE ENACTED IN 2024 BY THE IDAHO LEGISLATURE”;

3. Provide written notice to any affected landowners with copies to the adjoining county of said parcel legal description changes, and advise said landowners that their respective County Clerk will waive recording fees for any corrective deeds filed in association with this change for a period of one-year (1) following the enactment of this law;

4. To ensure that no lapses of title occur, all new parcel deeds presented by landowners whose lands have been affected by these boundary changes, shall be forwarded to title companies doing business in said County.

Bill Events
Date Description
02/23 Introduced, read first time, referred to JRA for Printing
02/26 Reported Printed and Referred to State Affairs
03/07 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
03/08 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
03/11 Read Third Time in Full – PASSED - 69-0-1
AYES – Achilles, Alfieri, Allgood, Andrus, Barbieri, Berch, Blanksma, Boyle, Bundy, Burns, Cannon, Cheatum, Chew(Beazer), Clow, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehardt, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Galaviz, Gallagher, Gannon, Garner, Green, Handy, Hawkins, Healey, Hill(McKnight), Holtzclaw, Horman, Kingsley, Lambert, Lanting, Manwaring, Mathias, McCann, Mendive, Mickelsen, Mitchell, Monks, Necochea, Nelsen, Palmer, Petzke, Pickett, Price, Raybould, Raymond, Redman, Roberts, Rubel, Sauter, Scott, Shepherd, Skaug, Tanner, Vander Woude, Weber, Wheeler, Wisniewski, Wroten, Yamamoto, Young, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – None
Absent – Miller
Floor Sponsor - McCann
Title apvd - to Senate
03/12 Received from the House passed; filed for first reading
03/12 Introduced, read first time; referred to: State Affairs
03/14 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
03/15 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
03/20 Read third time in full – PASSED - 35-0-0
AYES – Adams, Anthon, Bernt, Bjerke, Burtenshaw, Carlson, Cook, Den Hartog, Foreman, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hart, Hartgen, Herndon, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lenney, Lent, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Toews, Trakel, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Wintrow, Zuiderveld
NAYS – None
Absent and excused – None
Floor Sponsor - Okuniewicz
Title apvd - to House
03/21 Returned from Senate Passed; to JRA for Enrolling
03/21 Reported Enrolled; Signed by Speaker; Transmitted to Senate
03/21 Received from the House enrolled/signed by Speaker
03/21 Signed by President; returned to House
03/22 Returned Signed by the President; Ordered Transmitted to Governor
03/25 Delivered to Governor at 12:10 p.m. on March 22, 2024
03/28 Reported Signed by Governor on March 28, 2024
Session Law Chapter 222
Effective: 03/28/2024