A&B Irrigation District v. Idaho Dept of Water ResourcesAnnotate this Case
The appellant had filed a petition for reconsideration of an administrative order issued by the Idaho Department of Water Resources, and, when the Department failed to decide the merits of the petition within twenty-one days, the appellant filed a petition for judicial review of the Department’s order, contending that the petition for reconsideration was deemed denied pursuant to Idaho Code section 67-5246(4). The Department later decided the petition for reconsideration and issued an amended order. The district court held that section 67-5246(4) did not require the Department decide the merits of the petition for reconsideration within twenty-one days; it only had to agree to consider the petition within that time frame. The court therefore dismissed appellant’s petition for judicial review on the ground that the order it sought to have reviewed had been superseded by the amended order. The Supreme Court vacated the dismissal because the petition for reconsideration was deemed denied by section 67-5246(4) when the Department failed to decide it within twenty-one days, and the amended order was therefore a nullity because the Department did not have jurisdiction to issue it.