The House has voted 43-25 to not concur in the Senate amendments to HB 599a, the bill to repeal the property tax on business equipment. Those amendments, which the Senate had approved unanimously, would have limited the business tax break to equipment valued at up to $75,000, and cut the eventual cost of the break to the state from $120 million a year to about $15 million. House Speaker Lawerence Denney appointed three members – Reps. Lake, Clark, and Killen – to serve on a conference committee to try to resolve differences with the Senate. House GOP Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, said standoff between the two houses shouldn’t keep this year’s overlong legislative session from wrapping up tomorrow. “This likely will take place in an hour or two in the morning at the most,” Roberts told a somewhat skeptical House. “We should have this under control by afternoon and be able to go home tomorrow.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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