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Marty Jeers Wolf Hater Siddoway

JEERS … to Idaho state Sen. Jeff Siddoway (pictured), R-Terreton. Along with using dogs and sheep as bait, Siddoway sought to give ranchers a free hand to kill wolves for 36 hours after an attack. After that, they'd need an Idaho Fish and Game permit. He also wanted to give ranchers authority to shoot wolves from an aircraft. Do that, his critics said, and you hand U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy an excuse to restore federal endangered species protection to Idaho's wolves. Molloy is no fan of the state program or the congressional rider U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., passed to bring it about.Countered Siddoway, “The argument that this would jeopardize delisting is wrong.” Siddoway should know better. He's a former Idaho Fish and Game Commission member and has six years in the Senate under his belt/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. Marty's full Cheers & Jeers column here.

Question: Would Idaho lawmakers be wise at this point to leave wolf legislation alone for awhile?

Sex Offender Delisting Bill Advances

Senate lawmakers are trying to give young men convicted under an older definition of statutory rape an opportunity to clear their name from the sex offender registry. The Judiciary and Rules Committee advanced a bill Wednesday that applies to young men who were convicted of statutory rape before 2010. In 2010, the Legislature cleared statutory rape charges in cases of consensual sex when a man is within three years in age of his 16 or 17-year-old partner. Previously no girl under 18 could legally give consent. Sen. Les Bock of Garden City says many offenders convicted under the old law might not be found guilty under the new definition/AP. More here.

Question: Do you support this bill, which would allow delisting of sex offenders in certain kinds of older statutory rape cases?

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