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NAMPA, Idaho (AP) _ Canyon County officials are pushing back against a state mandate requiring emission testing for cars and trucks.
County commissioners filed a petition Thursday demanding a hearing after the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality warned it intended to revoke registrations for 20 county vehicles.
In an act of civil disobedience, the county vowed to refuse the mandatory testing and risk sanction by the state.
County officials are seeking the hearing to challenge the state's interpretation and application of the testing law.
Commission Chairman David Ferdinand believes the agency is acting beyond the scope of its authority and infringing on the rights of county citizens. The commissioners are also asking the agency to pay back more than 45,000 county motorists who paid $11 for emissions tests.