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House drops dredging bill: Shows level of frustration, but goes too far, unconstitutional

The Idaho Legislature’s State Affairs committee took a month to advance state Rep. Paul Shepherd’s Feb. 6 proposal to nullify Environmental Protection Agency regulations; it took a week for the Resources and Conservation committee, of which Shepherd is a member, to send House Bill 473 to the House floor. But when it came to the House floor yesterday, Tuesday, March 18, Resource and Conservation committee chairman Lawrence Denney moved to retract it, preventing a vote of the full House and leaving a whole class of Idaho County river users – Salmon and Clearwater small-scale suction dredge miners – high and dry.

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