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State management of federal lands: on hold for 2013?

Earlier this session, Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory held out state control of federal lands as a potential revenue source for Idaho — and its schools.

“It’s time to have a difficult conversation with our governing partner. We’re in an economic situation and we still need to educate our children,” Ivory said on Jan. 21, at a joint meeting of the House and Senate resources committees.

That “difficult conversation” apparently won’t happen this session.

House Resources and Conservation Committee Chairman Lawerence Denney said he will seek an “interim committee” to look at the issue this summer. That means a bill wouldn’t surface before 2014.

William Spence of the Lewiston Tribune broke the story; here’s a link to additional coverage from Betsy Russell of the Spokane Spokesman-Review.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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