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Brackett amendments pass, HB 312 now includes phased gas-tax hike plus fee hikes

Senators wrap up votes on amendments to HB 312, the House-passed transportation funding bill, on Tuesday (Betsy Russell)
Senators wrap up votes on amendments to HB 312, the House-passed transportation funding bill, on Tuesday (Betsy Russell)

The two proposed amendments to HB 312 from Senate Democrats, to allocate some funding to public transportation and to cancel proposed fee hikes for hybrid and electric vehicles, both were voted down on lopsided voice votes, which appeared to run along party lines. Then, voice votes were cast on the Brackett/Keough amendments. The votes went section by section; at least some Republicans joined minority Democrats in opposing some of them, but they all carried easily.

That means HB 312 has now been transformed from a $20 million transportation funding bill that only raised vehicle registration fees, to a $127 million transportation funding bill that also raises the gas tax, although the hike would be phased in over four years.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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