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Anti-camping legislation approved

February 23, 2012
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL 

Assistant editor

The Idaho Legislature has approved anti-camping legislation and the measure is headed to the Governor’s desk for signing as the seventh week of the 2012 session begins.

Legislation has just been approved in both the House and Senate to force several Occupy Movement folks from state-owned lands in front of the old Ada County Courthouse, according to Marc Gibbs, Franklin County’s representative.

He said the measure will be forwarded to Gov. Butch Otter’s desk for his signature. He has five days to sign it or it will become law without his signature, according to Representative Marc Gibbs, of Grace.

He said the state doesn’t have any anti-camping laws and this measure will force the campers off state ground immediately. For several weeks protestors have pitched tents and have been staying on the state land, which includes a nearby Veterans War Memorial.

“This isn’t about freedom of speech. It is about squatting on state-owned land,” said Gibbs, who is supporting the measure.

Gibbs, who is on the Resources and Conservation Committee that deals with water/ fish and game issues, and the Energy, Environment, and Technology Committee, said some fish and game proposals have just surfaced.

This story is sponsored by Hunzeker Ford.

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