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AG: Hart Bill Wouldn’t Stop Scanners

In documents obtained by, an official with the Idaho attorney general’s office said a bill presented by Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, in the 2010 legislative session would have done little to prevent use of body scanners at airports or other public buildings in the Gem State. Hart’s legislation, known as House Bill 573, aimed to prevent use of scanners – which produce an image in which a person is essentially naked – in airports or public buildings by using police powers of the state of Idaho to ban the devices.  In testimony about the bill, Hart contended that the scanners are a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and possibly dangerous to public health.  The bill passed the Idaho House on 58-9 vote, but it failed to receive a hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Is it possible that Phil Hart is right about full-body scanners at airports?

EOB: Board Rejects Hart’s Tax Appeal

Idaho’s state Board of Tax Appeals has rejected Rep. Phil Hart’s bid to appeal an order to pay $53,000 in back state income taxes, penalties and interest, saying his appeal wasn’t timely. Hart argued that he should have months extra to file his appeal because of the state Constitution’s provision granting freedom from arrest or civil process to state legislators during legislative sessions; the appeal period ran out 10 days before the start of this year’s legislative session. You can read the decision here/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.

Factoid: 88 percent of Huckleberries Online voters consider Rep. Phil Hart to be a “habitual tax scofflaw” while only 9% consider him to be a “principled tax resister.” What would you say to the 9% who are standing by their man?

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