Idaho Dem Bill Passes: Idaho Is Open for Business

The Idaho Senate passed a resolution inviting Outdoor Retailer to Idaho–a possible $4o million annual economic boost.

outdoor statsRep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, let his colleagues know that Outdoor Retailer, a huge outdoor recreation conference held in Salt Lake City, has its contact up for reconsideration. He noted that Idaho has a favorable environment, both business-wise and in terms of natural amenities, for outdoor industry businesses to flourish.

The Legislature agreed to back HCR 7, which Erpelding says will send a message to our nations $464 billion outdoor recreation Industry that “Idaho is open for business.”

One interesting note is that part of the reason Outdoor Retailer is looking to change locations has to do with Utah’s dogged pursuit of legal action to take ownership of federally managed lands. Outdoor businesses understand that that is a big step toward selling public lands and locking their customers out and shuttering outdoor businesses.

By supporting this legislation, HCR 7, Idaho’s Legislature is acknowledging that Idaho values our public lands and that we can make a living off them without selling them to the highest bidder.

Below is the full text of the invitation to Outdoor Retailer:

LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO
Sixty-third Legislature
First Regular Session-2015
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 7
BY RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION COMMITTEE
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

1  PROVIDING LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS, STATING AN INVITATION BY THE LEGISLATURE TO
2  THE BIANNUAL OUTDOOR RETAILER SHOW, AND EXPRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF
3  OUTDOOR RECREATION TO THE ECONOMY OF IDAHO AND TO THE LIVES OF IDAHOANS.
4  Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
5  WHEREAS, Idaho’s recreation industry generates $6.3 billion in con-
6   sumer spending, $1.8 billion in wages and salaries, $461 million in state and
7  local tax revenue and 77,000 direct jobs; and
8  WHEREAS, at least seventy-four percent of Idaho residents participate
9  in outdoor recreation each year; and
10 WHEREAS, 162,000 Idahoans and 85,000 nonresidents hunt in Idaho, com-
11 bining for 3.2 million days of hunting; and
12 WHEREAS, 238,000 Idahoans and 208,000 nonresidents fish in Idaho’s wa-
13 ters, combining for 5.5 million days of fishing; and
14 WHEREAS, eighteen ski areas operate in Idaho; and
15 WHEREAS, more than 38,000 people participate in wildlife-related
16 recreation in Idaho annually; and
17 WHEREAS, Idaho contains the largest contiguous wilderness area in the
18 lower forty-eight states; and
19 WHEREAS, Idaho has 3,100 river miles, more  than any other state in the
20 lower forty – eight states; and
21 WHEREAS, Idaho has 32,496,000 acres of federal public lands; and
22 WHEREAS, an Idaho interim legislative committee recommends state offi-
23 cials work cooperatively and collaboratively with federal land managers to
24 resolve public land conflicts; and
25 WHEREAS, that committee is not recommending litigation concerning the
26 transfer of public lands at this time; and
27 WHEREAS, the State of Idaho values its public lands and the outdoor
28 recreation opportunities those lands provide to all Americans; and
29 WHEREAS, Outdoor Retailer’s present contract ends in 2016; and
30 WHEREAS, Outdoor Retailer would bring $40 million to Idaho’s economy.
31 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Ses –
32 sion of the Sixty – third Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and
33 the Senate concurring therein, that the Legislature invites Outdoor Re-
34 tailer to host its biannual shows in Idaho.

35 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the outdoor recreation industry is important to the lives and livelihoods of all Idahoans.

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