When no news is good news: Audit time for Idaho Industrial Commission

The Legislative Audits Division issued a brief report on its management review of the Industrial Commission for fiscal 2009, '10 and '11, covering general administrative procedures and accounting controls.

Released this week, the report says, "We did not identify any significant conditions or weaknesses in the general administrative and accounting controls of the Commission."

Unsurprisingly, Commission Director Mindy Montgomery accepted the report and its conclusion.

The commission was created in 1917 as part of the Idaho workers' compensation law, which requires insurance for on-the-job injuries and limits damages to employers. A quasi-judicial body appointed by the governor, its decisions on claims eligibility are subject to direct appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court. The commission tracks on-the-job accidents, ensures benefits are paid and that employers comply with the law. It also works to rehabilitate workers and operates the state's Crime Victims' Compensation Program.

Commissioners are appointed by the governor and no more than two members may be from the same political party. No moare than one commissioner can be classified as a worker representative and no more than one may be an employer representative. One commissioner must be a lawyer. Current commissioners are Chairman R.D. Maynard (worker representative), Thomas Limbaugh (employer rep) and Thomas Baskin (attorney).

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Another commission loaded with closet Republicans?

Commissioners are appointed by the governor and no more than two members may be from the same political party.

Check how they registered last election.

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