- In 2013, the Idaho state legislatures passed HCR 21, which created “Federal Lands Interim Committee.” The committee will “study all aspects of the process of the state acquiring title to and control of public lands currently controlled by the Federal Government,” and will cost Idaho taxpayers $20,000. The legislature also passed HCR 22, a resolution demanding that the federal government turn public lands over to the state.
- Here are the majority and minority reports of Idaho’s Federal Lands Interim Committee, released in January 2015.
- Idaho’s Federal Lands Interim Committee indicated that they were backing off demands for a transfer, and instead focusing on “a long-term collaborative approach.” Legislative proposals introduced during the 2015 session indicate otherwise.
- Several anti-public lands bills are being considered in the 2016 legislative session.
- Idaho’s Enabling Act states ““And the people of the state of Idaho do agree and declare that we forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within the boundaries thereof…”
- A report from the Congressional Research Service found that the federal government spends $392 million every year managing public lands in Idaho.
- An independent economic study commissioned by the Idaho Conservation League found that implementation of Idaho’s efforts to “transfer” public lands would cost more than $2 billion over 20 years.
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