The House came back on the floor, and received the Rev & Tax Committee’s recommendation in favor of concurring with the Senate amendments to HB 67, the grocery tax repeal bill. The House then agreed by unanimous consent to concur in those Senate amendments. The amended bill still needs to be debated and voted on.
In the meantime, the House took up SB 1144. That’s the bill designed to settle a lawsuit from the Visual Arts Collective against the Idaho State Police over liquor laws and nudity. It’s the original, Senate-passed bill – not the new version introduced this morning in the House Ways & Means Committee by Rep. Lynn Luker. And it passed on a 65-5 vote, with Luker among the "yes" votes. The only “no” votes came from Reps. Harris, Hartgen, King, Monks and VanderWoude. (Hartgen later asked to change his vote to "yes.")
Now the House has gone back at ease – and Senate Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, announced that when it returns, it’ll debate and vote on HB 67a, the grocery tax repeal bill.