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TUESDAY, NOV. 19, 2013


Tax Commission unanimously adopts rule

The Tax Commission has voted unanimously in favor of its two proposed rules to define real and personal property for purposes of property tax, despite objections from railroads, utilities and similar interests. Commissioner Ken Roberts said, “There’s a lot of water under the bridge over...

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Most school levies passed statewide 

A preliminary report on supplemental levy elections in held in school districts around the state compiled by the Idaho State Department of Education shows that of 36 school districts holding supplemental levy votes on Tuesday, 27 won passage from local voters, while nine failed, including,...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2010

Homeowner's exemption to fall in 2011

Idaho's homeowner's exemption from property tax will drop in 2011 to a maximum of $92,040, from the current $101,153. "The drop reflects the recent state of the housing market," said Alan Dornfest, property tax supervisor for the Idaho State Tax Commission. In 2006, Idaho lawmakers...

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THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2010

Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol (Courtesy photo)

Rep. Hart's tax woes add up to $700K 

Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart’s tax problems appear to be worse than previously disclosed. When federal tax liens filed against Hart's various business entities are combined with the hundreds of thousands in liens the IRS has filed against him personally in his ongoing fight over...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2010

Hart: 'Tell that story I will' 

Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, has filed his response to a House Ethics Committee's charges against him; click here to read his response. In an email with his response, Hart wrote, "I want you to know that this part of the process of governance does not...

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TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010

Hart: 'I do plan on responding'

Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, had this response today to the convening of the newly appointed House Ethics Committee: "I guess I would say I'm anxious to get through the process, and I'm confident everything's going to work out OK for me." Hart said he's received...

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Ethics panel wants to be 'completely fair'

The newly convened House Ethics Committee promised a "by the book" investigation into the conduct of Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, during its first meeting today; you can read my full story here at spokesman.com. Click here to read the committee documents - the order appointing...

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Reps. Tom Loertscher, Bert Stevenson and Bill Killen sit on the House Ethics Committee on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

Hart won't be excluded from hearings

House Ethics Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher said Rep. Phil Hart asked Speaker Lawerence Denney if he should attend today's meeting, and Denney checked with Loertscher. "I said we won't have questions for him today," Loertscher said. "We will not exclude him from any of the...

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Hart doesn't have to respond...

Rep. Phil Hart doesn't have to respond to the Ethics Committee, Chairman Tom Loertscher noted. "We may not receive a response - he doesn't have to respond if he chooses not to." Loertscher cautioned committee members about talking with Hart. "Just so that you know,...

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Ethics panel's four options...

The ethics committee has four possible recommendations it can make to the House regarding Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol: Dismissal of the charges; reprimand, which requires a majority vote of House members; censure, which also requires a majority vote of the House; and expulsion, which requires...

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Ethics panel: All will be done in the open

Rep. George Sayler, D-Coeur d'Alene, said he'd like the Attorney General's office to provide the House Ethics Committee with a legal briefing on the constitutional provision regarding legislative privilege from arrest or civil process during sessions. Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said, "That certainly is...

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Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane, left, briefs the House Ethics Committee. (Betsy Russell)

Ethics panel briefed on process

Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane told the ethics committee, "You have the authority to take testimony, to hear from witnesses." The committee's decision will be in the form of a recommendation to the full House, he said. "Only the full body can take final action."

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Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, is chairing the House Ethics Committee looking into the conduct of Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol. (Betsy Russell)

Loertscher: 'We want to do this by the book'

This morning's first meeting of the House Ethics Committee will focus mostly on procedure, said Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona. Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane will brief the committee on the process, and Loertscher said the committee will then assign the Attorney General "to do an...

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MONDAY, JULY 5, 2010

Ethics committee on Hart to convene

A rare House Ethics Committee convenes on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Boise time to review the conduct of Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol. The conference-call meeting is the first since the bipartisan panel was appointed last week; it will take place in the House State...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010

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