Today the Idaho Senate passed Senate Bill 1044 sponsored by Sen. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon, that would prohibit local governments from using eminent domain for greenbelts, bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The vote was 20-13-1 (see below). If time permits, I will have a more extensive report soon. We extend our appreciation to all the city officials who contacted their legislators on this important issue. The bill now heads to the House.
PASSED - 20-13-1
AYES -- Bair, Bayer, Brackett, Davis, Den Hartog, Guthrie, Hagedorn, Keough, Lee, Lodge, Martin, Mortimer, Nonini, Nuxoll, Patrick, Siddoway, Souza, Thayn, Tippets, Vick
NAYS -- Buckner-Webb, Burgoyne, Cameron, Heider, Hill, Johnson, Lacey, Lakey, McKenzie, Schmidt, Stennett, Ward-Engelking, Winder
Absent and excused -- Rice