Although Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, has been teased by fellow lawmakers about his concerns about state agencies’ use of vehicle fleets, he wants to contact every state agency over the summer and submit a report on vehicle use to the Legislature next year, Parker Howell reports. Nonini said he wants to know how many employees use the cars and how many miles they log. He has criticized the state’s vehicle-management plan for selling cars too soon, and he thinks some agencies may have too many vehicles. “I’m serious about that,” he said. “All the humor aside, it’s still an issue I’m going to pursue.” He plans to give his results to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.
Nonini’s concerns were prompted before he became a lawmaker, he said, because he rented an office for 17 years in Coeur d’Alene that shared a parking lot with a Department of Health and Welfare office. He could never find a place for his customers or himself to park because of state-owned vehicles in the lot, he said. But Rep. Margaret Henbest, D-Boise, told the House the state just did a vehicle audit about three years ago.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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