Idaho Panel Says State and Feds Should Work Together on Land
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.