Public Lands, Fish and Health, and Local Control-Oh My!

Public Lands – Make a difference! 

Help us reach out to public lands supporters and connect them with their elected officials. Last year, we were able to block all legislative attempts to take over public lands. In addition, with the ongoing Malheur County occupation, this issue has been gaining momentum in legislatures around the country, making speaking out and taking action all the more critical. We’ve got phone bank next week February 9th, 10th, and 11th at 5pm.

We’re going to need you as partners in this work to protect our natural heritage. Help us ensure we have the resources needed to keep our public lands open for all Idahoans.

Fish, Health and Inequity

The hotly debated fish consumption rule was approved. Representatives Rubel and Jordan were the two votes against, citing concerns over water quality and tribal community health. Rep Jordan commented, “This is a personal issue. This affects my children.”

Unfortunately, this bill while protecting 95% of Idahoans, only safeguards 75% of tribal populations–a disappointing inequity of protections for a community who we’ve failed many times in the past.

Local Control- oh my!

HB 372 passed the House, which would ban local restrictions on the use of plastic bags. Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photograde–breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways. A plastic bag can take between 400 to 1,000 years to break down.

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