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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7, 2013, 10:22 A.M.

Webcast: Idaho lawmakers eye takeover of federal lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal lands belong to every U.S.  citizen, but the Idaho Legislature is attempting, and perhaps wasting a lot of time and money, to take charge of lands managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies.

On Friday, Aug. 9, the Idaho Legislature’s Federal Lands Interim Committee will hold its first hearing to consider a process for the controversial proposal to acquire title to all federally administered public lands in Idaho.

The Interim Committee was established through House Concurrent Resolution 22, enacted by the Idaho Legislature in April demanding that the federal government “imminently transfer title” to more than 33 million acres of public lands in Idaho.

The hearing will be webcast live online.  (Under Committees/Locations, click on Venues, then on EW42)

WHAT: Federal Lands Interim Committee Meeting

WHEN: Friday, August 9, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (MDT)

WHERE: Idaho Capitol, Room East Wing 42 (EW42), Lower Level, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise

WHO: Members of the Interim Committee from the Senate include Sens. Winder (Co-Chair), Davis, Tippets, Nuxoll and Stennett. Representatives on the Committee include Reps. Denney (Co-Chair), Moyle, Anderson, Hartgen and Burgoyne.

See the agenda.  

See reaction from the Idaho Conservaton League

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.