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Loertscher pushes bill to give neighbors veto power over wind turbines

Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, is passionately presenting HB 342, legislation to give any residential property owner within 2 miles veto power over a wind turbine project, to the House State Affairs Committee. "I think we have to be just as concerned about the one landowner that is going to be so adversely affected that he should not only have the opportunity to comment on the project, but he has the opportunity to have it distanced from him so it won't have an impact on his property rights," he told the committee. The bill also would forbid wind turbines from casting shadows on roads or nearby property. Counties are among those opposed to the last-minute bill.

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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