Invasive species fee increase for out-of-state boaters wins Senate nod, goes to governor

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The Senate has voted 33-1 in favor of HB 211, to raise the invasive species sticker for out-of-state motorboat owners coming to Idaho from the current $22 to $30 on Jan. 1, 2018; Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, cast the only “no” vote. The stickers raise funds for Idaho’s effort to prevent fast-spreading invasive quagga or zebra mussels from taking hold in the state, largely funding inspection stations where potentially infested boats are inspected and, if necessary, cleaned. Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, said, “The threat of this is from out-of-state boaters. … I think raising the fee on out-of-staters is a very appropriate way to fund this cause.” Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, noted that the Idaho Freedom Foundation rated the bill a...

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