After the Senate Resources Committee ran for an hour past its usual time this afternoon, Chairman Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, said, “These votes on all three of these candidates today will be taken on Wednesday. We’ll meet at 1:15.” In addition to Fish & Game Commissioner Joan Hurlock, the committee held confirmation hearings today for appointees to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and the state Board of Parks and Recreation. Hurlock asked if she could respond to the testimony, but was told no, the hearing was ending. Jack Oyler, who had testified, stood up and said he wanted to say how he’d heard that Hurlock’s appointment was a “political” one: “I received a phone call from a legislator that told me that,” he said. Pearce responded, “Thank you, the committee’s adjourned.”
Afterward, Hurlock said, “Basically the people that are opposed to me are from one organization that are not happy that their candidate didn’t get selected, and that’s the bottom line.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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