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Panel urges collaboration on federal lands, issues report and minority report

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A legislative panel is urging Idaho lawmakers to pursue a collaborative approach while seeking to assume control of federally managed public land. The committee approved sending their report to legislative leaders on Friday after two years of study. The report follows lawmakers' demand for an immediate takeover of public lands, which comprise more than 60 percent of Idaho. The effort is backed by Republican lawmakers who believe the state could manage public lands better than the federal government. However, according to the report, the committee is discouraging litigation. The two Democrats on the committee disagreed. They contend a state takeover of federal lands would be both unconstitutional and fiscally irresponsible.

You can read the report here, and the minority report here. AP reporter Ryan Struyk has a full report here.

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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