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Mon., March 25, 2013, 11:36 a.m.

Ways & Means introduces bills lauding Morrill, raising wolf tag fees, more…

The House Ways & Means Committee met briefly just after the House adjourned for the day, and introduced three new measures: A bipartisan resolution sponsored by House and Senate leaders honoring retiring Idaho Public Television General Manager Peter Morrill for his accomplishments; a joint memorial calling on the FAA and Congress to maintain services at five Idaho airports that face closure of their air traffic control towers due to federal budget cuts; and an emergency bill from Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, to increase wolf tags by $8, and use the additional funds to cover depredation control and payments to livestock owners who lose animals to wolf depredation.

Boyle said, “This is a repeat of last year’s bill, which was held to give Fish & Game time to look at this issue. They never did anything about it, so I’m going to run it again.”

The House has adjourned until tomorrow at 10 a.m.; the Senate has recessed until 3 p.m. The Senate Judiciary, Commerce and Resources committees all will meet at 1 p.m.; the Senate Education and Health & Welfare committees will meet at 2 p.m. Several House committees have 1:30 meetings scheduled.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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