ID Initiative would change how game commission is structured

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Initiative seeks change in fish, game board.

Andrus, others want commission to become more free of politics

Associated Press

BOISE _ Former Gov. Cecil Andrus and other officials have joined a committee to push an initiative to revamp the way Idaho Fish and Game commissioners are chosen.

The Idaho Democrat is member of the Idaho Sporting Groups Coalition. He is joined by former Fish and Game commissioner Richard Meiers of Eagle, Idaho Wildlife Federation president Jack Fisher and retired Marine Col. Andy Andrus. He is not related to Cecil Andrus.

"It is time the hunters and anglers of this state put the Fish and Game Department back in the hands of the people instead of the politicians," said Cecil Andrus, who will be treasurer.

The coalition includes 22 sportsmen groups and was formed in 1999.

The initiative would reduce the number of commissioners from seven to five; increase their terms to six years and provide for staggered terms; limit the governor's role in appointing commissioners; eliminate the restriction on political party affiliation; and create five citizen wildlife advisory councils from which commissioners would be nominated.

In 1999, the coalition spent $16,000 on a random telephone survey about fish and wildlife management. The group said more than 80 percent agreed sportsmen should make recommendations to the governor about commissioner appointments.

The coalition must submit 43,500 valid signatures to county clerks before April 30 to place the initiative on the November ballot.

The coalition plans a public information meeting Wednesday at Fish and Game headquarters in Boise.
 

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Looks like something we should do here in Ca.
 

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