Idaho Senate passes species primacy legislation
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Legislation giving the state primacy over the management of its fish and wildlife and the final say on the introduction of endangered species has cleared the Senate.
The Senate voted 30-4 Monday on legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Bert Bracket of Rogerson.
Brackett said the bill would help Idaho better manage its fish, wildlife and plants.
Language in the bill would make it against state policy for federal officials to introduce or reintroduce any threatened or endangered species in Idaho without state approval.
All the "no" votes came from Democrats, including Minority Leader Michelle Stennett from Ketchum.
Stennett argued that the state already has such authority and that the legislation would simply set up the state for a costly legal fight.