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SENATE BILL NO. 1497
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S1497...............................................by AGRICULTURAL AFFAIRS
SPECIES REINTRODUCTION - Adds to existing law to require any federal
agency, including the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, to secure
approval of the Idaho State Legislature prior to introducing or
reintroducing any species into the state of Idaho.
02/21 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/22 Rpt prt - to Res/Env
03/14 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/15 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/16 3rd rdg - PASSED - 27-5-3
AYES--Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron,
Crow, Danielson, Darrington, Deide, Frasure, Geddes, Hawkins, Ingram,
Ipsen, Keough, Lee, McLaughlin, Parry, Richardson, Riggs, Risch,
Sandy, Sorensen, Stegner, Wheeler, Williams
NAYS--Dunklin, Noh, Schroeder, Stennett, Whitworth
Absent and excused--Davis, King-Barrutia, Thorne
Floor Sponsors - Burtenshaw, Williams
Title apvd - to House
03/17 House intro - 1st rdg - to Res/Con
03/24 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/27 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
04/03 3rd rdg - PASSED - 64-3-3
AYES -- Alltus, Barraclough(Barraclough), Barrett, Bell, Black, Boe,
Callister, Campbell, Chase, Cheirrett, Crow, Cuddy, Deal, Denney,
Ellsworth, Field(13), Field(20), Gagner, Geddes, Gould, Hadley,
Hammond, Hansen(23), Hansen(29), Henbest, Hornbeck, Jones, Judd,
Kellogg, Kempton, Kendell, Kunz, Lake, Linford,
Loertscher(Loertscher), Mader, Marley, McKague, Meyer, Montgomery,
Mortensen, Moss, Moyle, Pearce, Pischner, Pomeroy, Reynolds,
Ridinger, Robison, Sali, Schaefer, Sellman, Shepherd, Smith, Smylie,
Stevenson, Stoicheff, Taylor, Tilman, Trail, Wheeler, Wood,
Zimmermann, Mr Speaker
NAYS -- Bieter, Jaquet, Ringo
Absent and excused -- Bruneel, Clark, Stone
Floor Sponsors - Barrett, Denney
Title apvd - to Senate
04/04 To enrol - rpt enrol - Pres signed
04/05 Sp signed
04/06 To Governor
04/17 Governor signed
Session Law Chapter 416
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2000
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1497
BY AGRICULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL FOR CERTAIN FEDERAL ACTIONS; AMENDING CHAPTER
3 63, TITLE 67, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 67-6302, IDAHO
4 CODE, TO REQUIRE ANY FEDERAL AGENCY TO SECURE APPROVAL FROM THE STATE LEG-
5 ISLATURE PRIOR TO INTRODUCING OR REINTRODUCING ANY SPECIES INTO THE STATE
6 OF IDAHO.
7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
8 SECTION 1. That Chapter 63, Title 67, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
9 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des-
10 ignated as Section 67-6302, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
11 67-6302. LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL REQUIRED FOR CERTAIN FEDERAL ACTIONS. No
12 action may be taken by a federal agency including the United States fish and
13 wildlife service, or any entity acting on behalf of a federal agency, to
14 introduce or to reintroduce any species into the state of Idaho without first
15 securing the approval of the Idaho state legislature.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Agriculture is the heart of Idaho's economy and the bedrock of rural communities.
In 1994, wolves were reintroduced into Idaho by the U.S. Fish and wildlife Service, an
activity opposed by the Idaho Legislature.
Historically, wolves were eliminated in Idaho in recognition that an agricultural economy
could not co-exist with an exploding predator wolf population.
In year 2000, it is apparent that successful re-introduction of wolves has re-established a
negative economic impact for farmers, ranchers, and small rural communities that are
The ravaging of domestic livestock will increase, no matter the faulty management tool
designed to mitigate these losses, and has reached an intolerable level with no end in
Had this proposed legislation been in place, the State of Idaho would have had statutory
leverage to oppose reintroduction of wolves, thereby eliminating unwarranted risk to
Idaho's agricultural community.
Predator populations that devastate Idaho's agriculture industry must be accepted or
rejected at the legislative level when the need arises.
No fiscal impact to general fund.
Name: Senator Don Burtenshaw
Name: Senator Stanley Williams
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1497