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House OKs Exemption Removal 65-2

... Only Barbieri and McMillan oppose removal of special garnishment exemption ...

The Idaho House has voted 65-2 in favor of HB 510, which would remove a special exemption dating back to 1939 that protects elected officials and legislators from having their wages garnished due to state court rulings. “Elective officials should not enjoy any rights to avoid paying any debts or their taxes,” said Rep. Ed Morse, R-Hayden, the bill’s sponsor. “We can debate whether or not public officials should be held to a higher standard, or to the same standard as private citizens.” But he said it’s clear that the existing law grants them special privileges. The only votes against the bill came from Reps. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, and Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that Vito's off marching to the tune of his own drummer on this slam-dunk vote?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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