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Wed., Oct. 27, 2010, 2:34 p.m.

Denney says he’ll wait ‘til after election to decide on Hart committee post

Here's a new item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — House Speaker Lawerence Denney will wait until after Tuesday's election to announce whether he'll allow state Rep. Phil Hart to remain on a key tax policy committee. A House ethics committee recommended Hart, a Republican from Athol, be removed from House Revenue and Taxation Committee while he wages a constitutional battle with the IRS and the Idaho State Tax Commission over hundreds of thousands in income taxes. Denney says he spoke with Hart a week ago, but that an announcement on Hart's membership on the legislative tax panel would be premature — until the election is past. Hart originally ran unopposed, but Howard Griffiths announced he'd take on the three-term GOP representative, on grounds that Hart is shirking responsibilities that most other residents fulfill. Reached in Athol, Hart told the AP his tax challenges will keep him busy but that he's not yet ready to announce what he plans to do about his committee membership.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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