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Internet sales tax bill introduced on 12-6 vote in Rev & Tax

The House Revenue & Taxation Committee has voted 12-6 to introduce legislation to have Idaho join the streamlined sales tax project, which means conforming the state's sales tax definitions to standard ones - without changing anything about Idaho's tax - to position Idaho to be able to tax Internet sales when Congress gives the go-ahead. “I came to the Legislature to make sure the values of my district are represented, and one of those values is fairness,” said Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston. Said Rep. Bill Killen, D-Boise, “It helps our brick-and-mortar businesses compete on a level playing field.”

Said Rep. Dell Raybould, R-Rexburg, “I'm going to support the original motion to print the bill. I'm not going to commit that I'm going to support a bill. But I believe this body has an obligation to let the commununity, the public, especially our business community, come in and testify on this. … This is extremely important legislation, probably as important as anything that we will do in this committee this year. I really believe that if we don't print this bill and open it up to the public to testify, that we are then denying the public what they're entitled to in this legislature.”

Rep. Lenore Barrett's substitute motion to reject the bill failed on a 7-11 vote, with only her and Reps. Moyle, Schaefer, JoAn Wood, Harwood, Barbieri and Bayer supporting it. Then, Rep. Leon Smith's motion to introduce the bill passed 12-6; Moyle switched sides and voted in favor of introducing the bill, which now can be scheduled for a full hearing.

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

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