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Update: Senate Votes Down Hurlock Appointment

BOISE, Idaho (AP)- Senators rejected a Buhl fitness center owner’s appointment to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, citing doubts about her hunting experience.

Monday’s rejection of Joan Hurlock for the seven-member panel on a 19-16 vote was preceded by anger from some southern Idaho hunters who said she lacked experience necessary to help set Idaho wildlife policy.

Hurlock was appointed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter last June, but needed the Senate’s blessing.

Republican Sen. Patti Anne Lodge of Huston argued Hurlock’s commitment to encouraging children to cultivate appreciation for the outdoors would help preserve hunting and fishing for future Idaho generations.

Voting with the majority, GOP Sen. Jeff Siddoway of Terreton opposed Hurlock’s appointment during the nearly two-hour debate, saying Hurlock’s passion for children was obvious, just not her passion for hunting.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is sticking by his appointee to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission after she encountered opposition. Joan Hurlock, a fitness center owner from Buhl, was named by Otter last June to the seven-member panel. But the Senate Resources and Environment Committee voted 5-4 Thursday against recommending Hurlock be confirmed by the full Senate, after some people complained she wasn’t qualified.

On Friday, Otter defended Hurlock, telling reporters she was thoroughly vetted by a committee reviewing candidates for the opening. Otter said he was particularly impressed by her interest in encouraging children to get into the outdoors — and away from the television and video games. He says he hasn’t asked Hurlock to withdraw her name.

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