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Senate passes fed lands transfer demand on 21-13 vote

The Senate has voted 21-13 in favor of HCR 22, the resolution demanding that the federal government cede title to all federal land within Idaho to the state. Several senators argued that they don’t believe the resolution will be effective – the feds won’t just hand over the deed – but said they want to make a protest. The resolution is not a non-binding memorial, however; it’s a concurrent resolution, like HCR 21, which sets up an interim legislative committee and has the force of law, requiring the expenditure of state funds for operations of the panel. Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, said to him, the measure answers the question: “How do we kick back” against the federal government? Concurrent resolutions don’t go to the governor, so that was final passage for the measure.

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

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