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Rep. Hart presses legislative privilege argument to skeptical justices in state tax appeal

Tax-protesting Idaho Rep. Phil Hart pressed his case to the Idaho Supreme Court today, arguing to the justices in Coeur d'Alene that his status as a state lawmaker should have given him months longer than other citizens to appeal an order to pay more than $53,000 in back state income taxes, penalties and interest. “It’s not about me,” Hart told S-R reporter Tom Clouse after the hearing. “It’s really about the Legislature and whether it’s going to be free to do its work or … be subject to distractions when they are trying to do the work of the people.” Clouse reports that “the justices appeared to have little patience for the Athol lawmaker’s claims that the state constitution shields him from tax collectors.” You can read his full report here at spokesman.com.


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

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