Idaho’s Senate has rejected a bill that would have removed the power to regulate ATV use on federal land from the hands of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG).
House Bill 542 passed the House 48-21 but barely made it out of the Senate Resources Committee, according to the Idaho Reporter. The department had said if the bill were approved, it would result in shorter hunting seasons or controlled hunts. But some lawmakers said the department’s restrictions on ATV use, in particular, have resulted in some Idaho hunters giving up the sport.
Republican Majority Leader Sen. Bart Davis said lawmakers don’t need to pass new laws to tell IDFG that its regulations should be changed: “I’m an old dirt bike rider. I’m an access guy. I want access to trails. I’ve argued against license plates on my dirt bike. But if an administrative rule is wrong, reject the rule.”
Posted by Holly Wagner
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