HB 542a, the controversial bill to bar the state Fish & Game Commission and department from in any way restricting motorized vehicles or ATVs on trails or roads, has squeaked through the Senate Resources Committee on a 5-4 vote. However, Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, who voted in favor, noted for the record that he may not vote the same way on the floor of the Senate that he did in committee, saying he was torn on the issue. Those voting in favor of the bill were Sens. Pearce, Cameron, Brackett, Heider and Tippets. Voting against were Sens. Bair, Siddoway, Werk and Stennett.
The bill earlier passed the House 48-21 after an hour-long debate.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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