The Senate has voted 30-4 in favor of SB 1061 declaring that the state asserts primacy over the management of its fish and wildlife and that it’s against state policy for any threatened or endangered species to be introduced or reintroduced into the state without the state’s approval. Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, spoke against the measure, saying, “We already have this language in statute.” She said she requested and received an Idaho Attorney General’s opinion that led her to believe the bill’s fiscal note, saying it would incur no cost for the state, was wrong. “By doing this we may put ourselves at risk in a lawsuit,” Stennett said. “It is not responsible for us to set ourselves up for litigation … out of taxpayers’ dollars.” Only four Democrats opposed the bill, however; in addition to Stennett, they were Sens. Bock, Buckner-Webb, and Werk.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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