Things are getting hot in the Gold Room of the state Capitol, where people have been lined up shoulder-to-shoulder for hours and every seat is full, as testimony stretches on about a controversial bill regarding water rights, Idaho Power, and recharging the Snake plain aquifer. Among the testimony: One speaker told the Senate Resources Committee that the Legislature shouldn’t be “meddling with water rights.” It’s so hot in the room on this spring afternoon that even with the windows all open, it feels more like July in the sagebrush desert than March in Boise…
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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