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Idaho justices hear arguments in grocery tax case

“I think they were the questions that should be asked,” he said. “I think they try to be fair. I think there’s a very high probability that they’ll reverse Cenarrusa, and certainly if they follow the plain, clear, unambiguous language of the Constitution, they’ll do that.”

Cenarrusa is the 1978 Idaho Supreme Court ruling, in Andrus v. Cenarrusa, that held that once lawmakers have adjourned their session for the year, the governor has 10 days from the time he receives any particular bill to either sign it, veto it, or have it become law without his signature. The 3-2 ruling has gone unchallenged for 39 years, but last year, in a different case, two of the current justices signed a concurring opinion strongly suggesting they thought the Cenarrusa decision was wrong.

At issue: Whether the wording of the Idaho Constitution really envisioned starting that 10-day time clock ticking when the governor gets the bill, or whether it starts ticking the moment the legislative session adjourns. Full story. Betsy Russell/SR

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