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Idaho's legislative leaders push for special session

Posted: 3:05 PM, May 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-30 21:05:46Z
Idaho's legislative leaders push for special session

Legislative leaders say Governor "Butch" Otter might call a special legislative session to address a years-long water battle that has been building in southwestern Idaho.

Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill said Wednesday that an agreement has been reached by all stakeholders regarding flood control releases in the Boise River system reservoirs -- which spans from Boise to Parma.

Treasure Valley water users and state officials have been caught up in a lengthy lawsuit that is poised to come before the Idaho Supreme Court this summer.

However, House Speaker Scott Bedke says the issue can finally be resolved if Otter calls a special session. That would allow lawmakers to pass legislation before the court rules.

Otter's spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

(by Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press)