State takeover bill sent to Senate floor
The resolution demands that the federal government cede millions of acres of public forests, backcountry and rangeland to Idaho, on grounds the state can manage it better.
Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale on Thursday convinced GOP members of the Senate State Affairs Committee to pass his resolution.
Denney says Idaho could cut down 1 billion board feet of timber annually, reducing fire danger while still preserving wildlife and recreation.
Foes said Idaho residents fear public land could be sold into private ownership.
Teen custody bill goes to Otter
The Senate voted 31-3 Wednesday in favor of a bill that enables health care professionals to hold teens for a short period in protective custody without consent. The House approved the measure last month.
Boise Republican Sen. Fred Martin pointed out the law allows physicians to detain dangerous adults for up to 24 hours. But current law forces doctors to get consent from law enforcement to hold teens.
House clears 2 bills backed by boards
On party-line votes, lawmakers sent to the governor the bills aiming give to districts more leverage during negotiations as well as require the teachers union to prove it represents a majority of a district's educators before it can bargain for them.
The two measures were pushed by the Idaho School Board Association after similar provisions were dumped as part of voters' rejection of the Students Come First laws in November.
Plan to pay for stock losses killed
House lawmakers voted 35-33 against shifting money from hunting licenses to compensate ranchers for livestock losses and fund state efforts to kill wolves.
Thursday's narrow rejection came after Idaho of Fish and Game raised objections, as did hunters and outfitters.
The Associated Press