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New Land Board members step in

Idaho’s five-member state Land Board has three new members, and they could change the direction the board has taken in managing state lands, lakes and more. On Tuesday, new members of the Land Board, including the new state controller and superintendent of schools, proposed to eliminate a requirement that float homes on Idaho lakes be charged “reasonable” rents, and instead let the market rule. But the full Land Board didn’t make a final decision, and Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, who sat in for the vacationing Gov. Butch Otter, warned that there’s more to the story. “I think that we have a unique opportunity coming up with these (marina) leases expiring this year,” Risch told the board. “The board is going to have to wrestle with the idea of what is ‘reasonable.’ ” Read my full story here in today’s Spokesman-Review.

Chaired by the governor, the Land Board also includes the attorney general, secretary of state, controller and state superintendent of schools.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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