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Idaho Reps differ on trying to seize federal lands

Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador (AP file / Jacquelyn Martin)
Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador (AP file / Jacquelyn Martin)

PUBLIC LANDS -- Idaho has maybe a 50 percent chance of being reasonable about the wisdom of a state attempt to take over federal public lands.

Idaho's congressmen split on public lands policies
Both of Idaho's U.S. House members are Republicans, but the two have different political philosophies on managing federal lands.

Rep. Raul Labrador is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, which drove Speaker John Boehner from his role last year. Labrador also believes that states could do a better job of managing public lands.

Rep. Mike Simpson is a friend of John Boehner and believes that federal public land ownership should stay the way it is.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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