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Ways & Means to meet in the morning

The House Ways & Means Committee will hold its first meeting of the session in the morning, to introduce another new version of the governor’s key transportation bill, to raise car and truck registration fees. The leadership-dominated committee, which rarely meets, has a proposal from Jason Kreizenbeck, the governor’s chief of staff, regarding vehicle registration fees as the lone item on its agenda. Asked which room the panel will meet in, Chairman Rich Wills, R-Glenns Ferry, laughed - because he didn’t know. But it’s there on the notice - Room 228.

House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, said the math error in the governor’s bill means other changes are needed too, to adjust percentages the bill sends to various dedicated funds. Because of that, the full House is now scheduled to vote only on the governor’s other bill, the gas tax increase bill, in the morning; the new version of the registration fee bill likely will be up another day, Roberts said. “The gas tax really hasn’t changed at all - that proposal’s still intact, it’s simple,” Roberts said.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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