The Senate has voted 26-6 in favor of HCR 21, the resolution setting up an interim legislative study committee to examine how the state can take over management of federal lands. Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise, said the idea’s been studied before. “The ideas don’t work, this isn’t valid, and I don’t think we should be spending taxpayer money,” he told the Senate. There was no other debate and that measure passed; now the Senate is taking up HCR 22, the farther-reaching public lands bill, demanding that the federal government turn over title to all federal lands in Idaho to the state.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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