Saturday, April 13, 2013

Otter Pulls Out Veto Stamp To Nix Two Bills

Posted By on Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

It has been a while since Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter exercised his veto power—he didn't nix any bill following the 2012 session of the Idaho Legislature. So, it came as a bit of a surprise late Friday when word came from the governor's office that Otter had vetoed two little-discussed measures from the 2013 Legislature.

Otter got out his "no" stamp to block a measure that would have granted the Idaho attorney general additional powers to investigate county officials. That bill came in the wake of embezzlement charges lodged against Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak, who was accused of (and ultimately found not guilty of) embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in county funds.

Otter also turned down his thumb at a bill that would have diverted $100,000 from Idaho Fish and Game funds—usually earmarked to improve wilderness access—to a program focused on gray wolves that prey on Idaho livestock, elk and deer. Idaho Fish and Game officials pushed back against the bill during its initial debate in the Legislature. Otter apparently agreed with the department, and has asked Fish and Game to further its efforts on the depredation issue.

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