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The Senate Wimps Out

Posted by Adam Graham on March 28, 2007

The Idaho Senate decided not to attempt an override of the bill:

HB 81a, the vetoed grocery tax bill, is dead for the session, according to Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls. “I don’t believe that you’ll see that issue again this year,” Davis said. “The purpose of sending HB 81 to the germane committee is not for further hearings – that is the death knell to that issue this year.”

Davis said, “We took the governor at his word – he would like to have another year” to work with the Legislature on a compromise plan, he said. “That is my understanding of his invitation. The Senate accepted that invitation.”

Senate Minority Leader Clint Stennett, D-Ketchum, said Senate Democrats agreed to raise no objection to sending the bill back to committee. “The governor has indicated that he will work with us to get a better bill next year,” Stennett said. “We want to get a bill that takes the tax off of food. That’s still in play as long as we don’t pass this bill.”

The net result here is that Idahoans have higher taxes for another year. Nothing would stop the Senate from raising the credit this year and coming back with a bill to get rid of the tax next year. 35-0, yeah the vote of the Senate don’t count for much.

Meanwhile, the Senate had no problem overriding a bill to rob Bowling Alley owners of Private Property rights by banning smoking.

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