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Idaho House passes CAFO secrecy bill

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BOISE — The House passed with a 61-7 vote on Monday a bill that would keep under wraps more information about dairy nutrient management plans, including some of the information that appears on inspection reports. 

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, comes on the heels of a critical report on the dairy industry that an environmental watchdog group issued using inspection reports. Nutrient management plans detail how animal waste from large facilities is disposed of.

Boyle contended that the information is a private business matter because it involves information like fields where dairy waste is put, and the amount spread.

Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, was among those opposed, citing concerns about the bill hampering counties’ ability to monitor confined-animal feedlot operations.

The bill still needs to pass the Senate.

 

State politics, Legislature, CAFO, Wendy Jaquet

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