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Idaho Drilling Bill To Continue Without Changes

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Senators opted against considering changes to a bill that would limit local control of oil and natural gas drilling projects in a close vote that was a sharp reversal of a move just last Friday.

Monday's 18-15 vote means the industry-backed measure is due another round of floor debate, perhaps as early as Tuesday.

On Friday, Lt. Gov. Brad Little broke a tie vote and sent the bill to the Senate's amending order.

That's after senators including Dean Cameron of Rupert argued its provisions would upend the current balance between state and local control.

This latest close vote to change course, however, highlights the fierce jockeying going on behind the scenes.

Industry fears too much local meddling could make its projects too difficult.

The measure has already passed the House.


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