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Denney Removes Hart From Panel

Denney and Hart met Monday night in Coeur d’Alene to discuss the ethics committee’s recommendation.  At the meeting, Hart delivered a letter to the speaker asking to be removed from the tax panel.  ”When I spoke with Rep. Hart about his request, he felt it was necessary to be removed from the Revenue and Taxation Committee while he pursued a legal appeal against the Idaho State Tax Commission,” said Denney.  ”I know he’d like to resolve this matter and focus on serving his constituents in north Idaho.” New committee assignments will be made in December when lawmakers meet in Boise for an organizational session, but Denney gave no clues as to where he would put Hart at that time/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Do you think Hart submitted his letter of resignation from the Rev & Tax committee of his own accord or because he was told to do so?

Poll: Lawerence Won’t Punish Hart

  • Thursday Poll: A plurality of 66 of 161 respondents (41%) don’t expect House Speaker Lawerence Denney to punish tax dodger Rep. Phil Hart in any way when they meet next week to discuss a House Ethics Committee recommendation that Hart be stripped of his Revenue & Taxation Committee assignment. Another 55 of 161 (34%) believe Denney will remove Hart from the committee. 31 of 161 (19.25%) voted that Denney will give Hart some sort of slap on the wrist. 9 voted that some other sort of punishment will be given.
  • Weekend Poll: Would you like to see municipal elections turn into partisan races?

Denney Reaches Decision On Hart

Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney says he’s made a decision on the unanimous recommendation from a special House Ethics Committee to remove Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, from the House Revenue & Taxation Committee, but he’s not yet ready to announce the decision because he wants to talk with Hart first. With the upcoming North Idaho legislative tour, which starts Sunday, Denney said, “I think we’ll have an opportunity.” Once that occurs, he said, he’ll issue a press release/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.

Question: Any guesses re: Denney’s decision?

HBO Poll: Ax Hart From Rev & Tax

  • Weekend Poll: Overwhelmingly, you Berry Pickers want House GOP leaders to remove state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, from his position on the Revenue & Taxation Committee. 174 of 209 respondents (83.3%) said Hart should be removed from the committee as a result of his problems paying state and federal income taxes. Only 30 of 209 (14.4%) said he should be left on the panel. 5 of 209 (2.4%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Would you be more/less likely to vote for a candidate who took a loyalty pledge to support the Idaho Republican Party platform?

Richert: Remove Hart From Tax Panel

The preponderance of evidence points to a less colorful and more troubling conclusion. Hart seems to believe he can live by a different set of tax rules — different from the rules he helps to craft as a member of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee. Philosophically, Hart fits right into a conservative legislative killing field for tax reform. That’s how representative government works, and I get that. But there’s more where Phil Hart came from. House leadership can easily find another conservative for this committee, one who actually respects the rule of law. A House ethics committee will look into Hart’s tax problems. Regardless of the outcome, House leadership should relieve Hart of his seat on Revenue and Taxation/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: At a minimum, should GOP House leadership remove Rep. Phil Hart from the House Revenue & Taxation Committee as a penalty for his income and property tax problems.

Lake Questions Hart’s Privilege Claim

Asked about Rep. Phil Hart using executive privilege during legislative session to hold off the tax man, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune writes in his Cheers & Jeers column today, (Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot) said: “I know other legislators have claimed similar exemption in years past. I know of one that claimed he was not subject to traffic fines while he was in session … that was proved to be erroneous. He ended up being liable for them. They can have those fights. They’re entitled to their own opinion, but when they’re proved wrong, they need to step up to the plate and pay the bill.” Full Cheers & Jeers comment (to 4th item) here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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