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Panels Forward Water Bills

by Pat McCoy, Associated Press
Capital Press, March 17, 2006

East Snake River Plain gets legislative attention

BOISE - Water, always a major issue in Idaho, was on the front burner in two legislative committees here March 13 as lawmakers sent several bills to their respective floors for amendment, or with do-pass recommendations.

The House Resources and Conservation Committee sent House Bills 736 and 737 to general orders for amendment.

The committee also acted on House Joint Memorial 21, sending it to the floor with a do-pass recommendation. It calls on Congress to transfer national forest system lands within Idaho to the state, to be managed for the benefit of rural counties and schools, and urging Congress to seek a long-term solution to the fiscal problems facing rural counties if Secure Rural Schools payments are not reauthorized or allowed to expire after the 2006 reauthorization.

Across the Rotunda, the Senate Resources and Environment Committee also dealt with a flurry of water laws and resolutions, forwarding them to the Senate floor with do-pass recommendations. All previously passed the House. They include the following:

Pat McCoy is based in Boise.
Panels Forward Water Bills
Capital Press, March 17, 2006

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