Ysursa says firearms lobbying dustup resolved

Ysursa says firearms lobbying dustup resolved

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Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 10:46 AM

BOISE -- Secretary of State Ben Ysursa has ended his scrutiny of two lobbyists following a complaint accusing them of improperly railing against a firearms bill in the 2013 Legislature.

Idaho Sheriff's Association Director Vaughn Killeen registered as a lobbyist last week.

Meanwhile, the group's paid lobbyist, Mike Kane, amended disclosure reports to reflect he'd lobbied on the bill that sought to charge Idaho law enforcement officers with a crime for assisting federal agents in confiscating newly banned weapons.

Boise Republican Rep. Mark Patterson, the measure's sponsor, complained Killeen and Kane lobbied against the bill ahead of its Senate demise without properly disclosing their involvement.

Patterson contends association leaders sabotaged his measure.

In a decision announced late Friday, Ysursa says he considers the matter resolved, after Kane and Killeen made the changes.

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