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Sims Urban Renewal Bill Flounders

Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, has had a rough go of it with one of her bills this year. With the session winding down and about two weeks to go before the final gavel drops for the year, Sims, for the second time in the last few weeks, pitched her bill to force urban renewal districts to hold elections for their oversight boards. And, for the second time this session, the bill was held in committee. As it stands now, commissioners are either chosen by a city council, a mayor or county commissioners, depending on how the urban renewal agency is set up. Sims believes that because the agencies handle millions of public dollars, they should be accountable to local residents. That, she says, would be achieved through direct election of oversight commissioners/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Does Rep. Kathy Sims' extreme anti-urban renewal bills reflect yours?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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