Posts tagged: Revenue & Taxation Committee
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?
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?
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.