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Idaho Legislature has turned to conference committees in seven of the past 30 years…

According to Idaho legislative records, conference committees have been convened in five of the past 30 years. Most – but not all – were successful at working out differences between the House and the Senate. Here are the past ones:

2008: A conference committee agreed on a phase-out of the personal property tax, tied to a state revenue-growth trigger; though that passed, the trigger never was reached, so it didn’t take effect and was replaced by other legislation in later years.

2005: A conference committee agreed to extend the temporary 57 cent per pack cigarette tax rate through June 30 of 2007, at which point it would revert to 28 cents a pack.

2003: A conference committee agreed on the same temporary cigarette tax increase, to run from 2003 to 2005.

1998: A conference committee agreed on anti-abortion legislation

2000: A conference committee convened on various tax credits, but was unable to reach an agreement.

1987: A conference committee met on a proposal to raise Idaho’s gas tax by 3 cents a gallon, but after debating various 3-cent and 2.5-cent proposals, failed to reach any agreement.

1986: Two conference committees were convened. One agreed on a temporary, 1-cent increase in the sales tax to run for 15 months; both houses agreed on it, but late in the session, it was returned to the House Revenue & Taxation Committee and didn’t become law. Another agreed on amendments to legislation setting a $500 civil penalty for public officers who violate the law by calling for brand names in public contracts.

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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