Idaho power struggle leads to big role for obscure employee

In this Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 photo Idaho Administrative Rules Coordinator Dennis Stevenson poses in his office in Boise. An animosity-tinged power struggle between the Idaho House and Senate has had big ramifications for Stevenson, who for three decades has toiled in an agency most people didn't know existed. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A power struggle between the Idaho House and Senate has had ramifications for a relatively unknown state employee who's long toiled in an agency most people didn't know existed.

Administrative rules coordinator Dennis Stevenson agreed to stay on past his July 2019 retirement date to help Republican Gov. Brad Little cut the state's administrative rules.

Those rules touch on nearly every aspect of daily life, from consumer and environmental protections to hunting and fishing licenses.

Little had sweeping authority to make those cuts after the House and Senate failed to pass a measure approving all the rules. Now, lawmakers want Stevenson to help them understand the cuts.