GOP Legislators Set to Take on Occupy Boise


Occupy Boise
  • Republican state legislators plan to introduce a bill that would make it illegal to camp on the Capitol Mall, which means Occupy Boise's encampment at the old courthouse may face eviction if the new law passes and is signed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

If the Occupy Boise encampment were on city property, chances are Occupiers would be evicted based on Boise's anti-camping ordinance. But instead, Occupiers have pitched their tents in front of the old Ada County Courthouse, which is state land. And the state doesn't have an anti-camping law. But some legislators want to change that as soon as they can.

House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, has confirmed that a bill is being drafted that would outlaw camping on the Capitol Mall and state property nearby. The bill could be introduced as early as Wednesday. Bedke said the bill is being modeled on Boise's anti-camping ordinance.

Occupiers have been camping in front of the old courthouse since November.