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BOISE – State lawmakers took the first step toward ending the Occupy Boise camp today.

The House State Affairs Committee passed a bill that would prevent camping on state property.

House Bill 404 is being sent to the House floor with a "do pass" recommendation. It cleared the committee on a 13-5 vote. It could come up for a House vote later this week.

Members of the Occupy Boise movement told us their fight isn't over. The group is worried this bill limits their freedom of speech.

Rep. Scott Bedke, the bill's sponsor, says his intent is not to trample on anyone's rights.

During the vote lawmakers expressed concern that without passing this bill state-owned property could soon be filled with campers. But some wanted to remove the emergency clause that would force occupiers from the camp as soon as the bill becomes law.

"These people say they represent the 99 percent of the people, but I don't think that's true in regard and respect to their camping," said Rep. Ken Andrus, R-Lava Hot Springs. "The people that I represent don't feel that is appropriate and is disrespectful of the grounds."

"I don't oppose the idea of clarifying our policy when it comes to state land," said Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls. "So maybe we, maybe there is a need for us to do that but I did think that there were some improvements that could have been made to the bill."

The director of the state Department of Administration says since occupiers started camping in front of the old Ada County Courthouse other people have called her office expressing interest in camping on state property.

Occupy protesters said afterward they'd accomplished part of their goal: To inform lawmakers about their concern that government has lost its connection to average Americans and now listens only to corporations.


Added: Jan-25-2012 Occurred On: Jan-25-2012
By: idahoguy4life
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Tags: Occupy, Boise, Eviction, HB404, Camping, State Property, Idaho
Location: Boise, Idaho, United States (load item map)
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  • clear the trash out of the parks

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  • Sorry junkies, public property doesn't belong to you. It belongs to the public, the tax payers. And, it's illegal to squat on public property. The first amendment doesn't give you the right to live in a public park.

    Time to get jobs.

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    • @ST0N3PONY Think about it though! There are two types of property. Private and public. Everything that is not private is public. This bill would mean that you can't go camping in the woods anymore. Because you cannot freely trespass on private property, which is obvious. But after this, thre will be no place at all you can camp unless you own the land yourself, or have permission from the land owner. And to pass a bill such as that only to spite protesters seems completely over the top. If you h More..

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  • Are there still occutards around ? .. we kicked ours to the curb weeks ago.

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  • Awesome. I dream of moving (from Manhattan) to Boise. :)

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  • Good!!! I hope they kick those douchebags out their city.

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  • There's Occupiers in Idaho?? LOL!!!

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