The Senate has voted unanimously, 35-0, in favor of a new bill, SB 1502, that sponsor Sen. Brad Little, R-Emmett, described as “déjà vu all over again.” It’s the advisory vote measure that the Senate passed earlier, to ask voters if they want to remove the property tax levy that now funds school operations, and replace it with a sales tax increase that’s sufficient to make up the difference.
It also has agreed by unanimous consent to the House amendments to SB 1501, the earlier advisory vote bill that the House amended to also include a cap on growth in the school operations property tax levy. Now, the amended bill will come up in the full Senate for a final debate and vote. Meanwhile, the full House has begun debating the GARVEE bill, with opponents leading off.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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