Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, is passionately presenting HB 342, legislation to give any residential property owner within 2 miles veto power over a wind turbine project, to the House State Affairs Committee. “I think we have to be just as concerned about the one landowner that is going to be so adversely affected that he should not only have the opportunity to comment on the project, but he has the opportunity to have it distanced from him so it won't have an impact on his property rights,” he told the committee. The bill also would forbid wind turbines from casting shadows on roads or nearby property. Counties are among those opposed to the last-minute bill.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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