BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Legislature can intervene in a lawsuit filed against Idaho by the U.S. Department of Justice challenging recently-passed state water laws, but a federal judge has yet to rule on whether ranchers and the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation can take part.

The Justice Department, in court documents filed this month, challenged a request by ranchers to intervene, contending ranchers have not shown that the Legislature and state attorney general’s office can’t adequately represent their interests.

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