House Democrats, rebuffed in their efforts to get a hearing on legislation to raise Idaho's 57-cent-per-pack cigarette tax by $1.25 a pack, have scheduled their own informational hearing on the issue this afternoon, at 4:30 in the House Health & Welfare committee room, Room EW 42 in the lower level of the state Capitol. “In response to overwhelming public input, House Democrats will hold an informational hearing on the issue of tobacco tax,” the minority announced. “Republican leadership has refused to allow an introduction or hearing on proposals to increase the cigarette tax to fill shortfalls in budgets for health services or public schools. The hearing is open to the public and there will be an opportunity to testify.”
House Dems also have scheduled a press conference when the House adjourns its morning session today, to discuss their protest efforts seeking hearings on both the cigarette tax bill and a measure calling for an advisory vote on school reform.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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