Oregon rep. responds to Idaho House vote on Greater Idaho plan

Published: Feb. 16, 2023 at 1:34 PM PST
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - U.S. Congressman from Oregon, Earl Blumenauer, issued a statement Thursday following an Idaho legislature vote in support of the Greater Idaho movement.

“I would entertain a trade for Boise and Sun Valley,” Blumenauer said.

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On Wednesday, Idaho lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted 41-28 to pass bill HJM1. The bill is a call to action that will allow Idaho lawmakers to start talking about the movement with Oregon lawmakers. The measure will now go to the Idaho Senate.

The plan calls for Idaho to be expanded to include rural Oregon. So far, 11 counties in Oregon have voted in support of various ballot measures that call for county funds be used to start discussions about the proposed change to the state line.

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The plan would also need to be approved by Oregon lawmakers and then sent to the federal government, where Congress would decide whether or not to approve the expansion.