- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho Senate panel is considering forming a new group to negotiate public lands management with the federal government.

The Senate State Affairs Committee approved introducing the bill Friday to consider creating a nine-member board appointed by legislative leadership.

Republican Sen. Chuck Winder, who is sponsoring the plan, says the bill would not only create a new board but also a new office inside the Department of Lands.

The bill is slated to cost $250,000 per year.

The proposal comes days after Winder introduced a bill asking Idaho’s Congressional delegation to help strengthen the state’s relationship with the federal government.

Roughly a month ago, a work group recommended that Idaho should work with the federal government to obtain federally-controlled public lands rather than demanding a takeover.

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