Let me get this straight. Our libertarian, less-government governor now is interested in having Idaho license canoes? That idea was basically shouted out of the Legislature the last time it was proposed. But today, Gov. Butch Otter allowed HB 200, raising boat registration fees, to become law without his signature, and issued a statement saying that the bill was “not adequately inclusive of all Idaho recreational watercraft users.” Only users of motorized watercraft have to pay, Otter noted. “My office will work with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and user groups to identify a more fair and equitable way of addressing such recreational watercraft costs as facilities maintenance, rescue operations, rules compliance, parking and access,” he wrote.
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