Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, proposed legislation today to impose a $500 fine on any Idaho state or local government employee who investigates or prosecutes the killing of an endangered wolf or who in any way assists federal authorities with such an arrest or prosecution. That's for a first-time violation; repeat violations would be misdemeanor crimes. However, the House Resources Committee today declined to introduce the bill, voting instead to hold it in committee at the call of the chairman. Hart's bill included a clause saying the governor could suspend the proposed new law by executive order, but only for up to one year.
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