Lawmakers Appose East Idaho Monument
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A non-binding resolution has been introduced in the Idaho House declaring that President Barack Obama shouldn't designate a national monument in eastern Idaho.
Republican Rep. Paul Romrell of St. Anthony introduced the bill Thursday to the House Resources and Conservation Committee concerning the caldera plateau around Mesa Falls west of Yellowstone National Park.
Romrell says a national monument designation would create another layer of regulation.
The committee approved the resolution on a voice vote.
The area first gained potential status as a national monument near the end of President George W. Bush's administration. Then Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, a former Idaho governor, identified the region as an area worth protecting.
A separate potential national monument is in central Idaho and includes the rugged Boulder-White Cloud mountains.