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Fri., Feb. 8, 2013, 5:07 p.m.

Malek Targets Urban Renewal Power

Idaho’s urban renewal districts have fallen under scrutiny and criticism in recent years. And if one state representative has his way, the districts will have less power. “Currently, urban renewal districts have the power to enter into any private home or business to make an inspection,” Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, told the House Local Government Commitee. “This bill strikes the language behind those powers.” Malek said to, “Urban renewal districts don’t need this kind of power.” Thus, his proposed legislation that seeks to reduce the broad powers that the districts currently possess. The committee voted unanimously to send the bill forward for further committee analysis/Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that freshman Rep. Luke Malek is attacking the state's urban renewal laws?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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