Gov. Otter vetoes quagga mussels bill

BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter vetoed a house bill that would have added a position to his office intended to combat invasive quagga or zebra mussels into Idaho waterways.

In the veto signed Thursday, Otter said he believes protecting Idaho’s waterways is in everyone’s interest. He explained the Idaho State Department of Agriculture oversees the issue through the Idaho Invasive Species Council and working with various stakeholders.

Otter said he appreciates the legislature increasing in the agency’s budget. He said intensifying the work of the Idaho Invasive Species Council and adding more boots on the ground will do more good to combating the problem than more bureaucracy.

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