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ID lawmakers consider dumping Sudan-linked investments

Boise, ID


By Gina Jameson


BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Idaho lawmakers are considering whether to
force the state's public employee pension fund to dump millions in
investments in companies that do business in Sudan.

The Senate State Affairs Committee held its first day of
testimony today on a bill aimed at pressuring the African country
to stop violence in Darfur.

A similar bill failed last year.

Supporters say the environment has changed since then.

The point out how President Bush signed a law in December
authorizing states and local governments to end investment with
companies in Sudan. And 22 states have passed similar laws since
last January.

But opponents say divestment would have little impact on the
atrocities in the Darfur region, while potentially forcing the
state to give up unusually lucrative investments.

An estimated 200-thousand people have been killed and
two-point-five million have been forced from their homes in Darfur.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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