Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, asked Milk Producers of Idaho lobbyist Brent Olmstead how he can support SB 1117, which opens up North Idaho routes to extra-heavy trucks, when he signed a letter several years ago offering an “unequivocal pledge” not to seek routes in North Idaho for extra-heavy trucks “in future sessions of the Legislature.” Olmstead acknowledged that he signed the letter on behalf of MPI. “At this point we feel that there are additional routes in southern Idaho,” he said. “There are, I believe, three dairies located north of Riggins, one owned by the University of Idaho.” None of those produce enough milk to need the extra-large trucks, he said. “So I would stand behind the statement that Milk Producers of Idaho would not pursue any routes north of Riggins.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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