By Clark Corbin | Idaho Capital Sun

An Idaho legislative committee that was created to be a check on federal power met Tuesday, taking testimony against a proposed federal rule on conservation and public land management — amid drought, wildfires, and other drastic changes in the West.

The Idaho Legislature’s Committee on Federalism heard from a prepared lineup of witnesses that included Idaho agriculture and business groups. The meeting was open to the public.


Dirk Mendive, the regional director for U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher’s Meridian office, told the committee that the Bureau of Land Management is going around Congress by trying to reinterpret a federal law — the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 — through executive branch action.   

??“I just would like the committee to know that Congressman Fulcher is strongly opposed to this rule and he is currently exploring every legislative option that might be helpful to either stop or prevent this rule,” Mendive told the committee. 

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