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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have essentially killed a bill that would create protections for gay and lesbian people, once again blocking attempts by gay rights supporters to amend the state's anti-discrimination law. The proposal would have included the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" in the state's Human Rights Act.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill to raise hunting and fishing fees for Idaho residents for the first time since 2005 has stalled. The House Resources and Conservation Committee voted to hold the bill in committee until additional information could be gathered. The Idaho Fish and Game's money comes from hunting and fishing licenses. Agency officials say costs have increased in the last 10 years while resident fees have stayed the same.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A non-binding resolution has been introduced in the Idaho House declaring that President Barack Obama shouldn't designate a national monument in eastern Idaho. The measure was introduced to the House Resources and Conservation Committee concerning the caldera plateau around Mesa Falls west of Yellowstone National Park. A separate potential national monument is in central Idaho and includes the rugged Boulder-White Cloud mountains.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Some Wyoming lawmakers are pushing to protect domestic sheep in the state from a possible effort to remove them from federal lands. The U.S. Forest Service recently curtailed domestic sheep grazing on the Payette National Forest in Idaho to protect bighorn sheep from disease. The agency is developing a plan consider whether domestic sheep in Wyoming and other states also poses a threat to bighorns.
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