Occupy Boise Eviction Bill Up For Amendments
A proposal to oust the Occupy Boise movement’s tent village from state-managed land near the Capitol has been diverted in the Senate, as lawmakers opened the door to postponing when the protesters must leave, as well as allowing them more time to reclaim property they leave behind. The State Affairs Committee voted 7-1 Wednesday to open the House-passed bill, which would ban camping from state properties, to amendments. After 2 1/2 hours of testimony, Idaho Falls Senator Bart Davis expressed concern about how the existing bill treats remaining property as litter. Instead, Davis suggested giving protesters at least seven days to reclaim their belongings, before they’re discarded. And Sen. Brent Hill suggested allowing occupiers to remain until July 1, since in his view the tents pose no imminent threat.