Idaho panel to ask Gov. Otter for special session on water fight

Posted: 3:56 PM, Jun 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-06 21:56:40Z

Key legislative leaders have promised to urge Gov. "Butch" Otter to call a special session to resolve a longstanding water battle.

Special sessions are rare in Idaho -- with only 28 being held since the state's inception.

However, members on the Natural Resources Interim Committee unanimously agreed Wednesday that the ongoing legal challenges surrounding a Treasure Valley water dispute are serious enough to call lawmakers back to Boise to help settle the tensions in the Boise River system reservoirs -- which spans from Boise to Parma.

In Idaho, only the governor can call a special session.

Otter was traveling in eastern Idaho on Wednesday. His spokesman, Jon Hanian, did not immediately have a response to the committee's decision to write Otter a letter pushing for a special session.

(by Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press)