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Senate backs bill to allow land exchanges for state-owned cottage sites to resume

The Senate has voted 34-1 in favor of SB 1277a, legislation from Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and nearly a half-dozen others to restore the ability for state-owned cottage sites to be disposed of through land exchanges; all such exchanges were suspended earlier this year due to legal questions. “The purpose of this bill is to try to provide a path forward on land exchanges, all land exchanges,” Keough told the Senate. The bill now moves to the House side. It includes a clause barring exchanges where state endowment lands would be exchanged for land that gets its primary value from buildings or other structures, “unless said buildings or other structures are continually used by a public entity for a public purpose.” The one “no” vote came from Boise Democratic Sen. Elliot Werk.


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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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