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10-day veto deadline starts for Otter on grocery tax bill

A proposal to repeal the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries has been sent to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office, kicking off the 10-day deadline the Republican governor has to either veto or approve the bill. According to House Chief Clerk Carrie Maulin, the grocery tax repeal bill was transmitted to the governor's desk Friday...

Longtime Idaho Senate majority leader reflects on just-concluded session

Longtime Idaho Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, who is widely rumored to be the leading candidate to be Idaho’s new U.S. Attorney, said Thursday that he sees funding for improved teacher pay – and the five-year plan in which the boost is the third year – as among the top accomplishments of the Idaho Legislature. “That’s one of the best things...

Senate kills SB 1195a, House-amended tax bill

The Senate has voted 5-29 on SB 1195a, the tax bill that was amended in the House, failing to concur with the changes the House made to the bill and killing it instead. SB 1195 was a bill to cut the unemployment insurance tax rate,...

House passes $90M INL bonding measure 56-14, despite Moyle’s fervent opposition

Finally tonight, at 7:23 p.m., the House voted 56-14 in favor of SCR 105, the $90 million bonding measure for the new Cybercore Integration Center and Collaborative Computing Center in Idaho Falls associated with the Idaho National Laboratory. After multiple representatives debated vigorously in favor of the measure, on...

House passes transportation bill, SB 1206, on 51-19 vote

The House has voted 51-19 in favor of SB 1206, the transportation funding bill, after a debate that began well after 6 p.m., sending the bill to the governor’s desk. House Transportation Chairman Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, said, “It’s the bill that we have worked on...

House Transportation at ease, awaiting another RS…

The House Transportation Committee is now at ease, awaiting another RS – that’s another new bill. Chairman Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, said it’s sponsored by Rep. Jane Trujillo, R-Idaho Falls, and includes a provision regarding allowing surplus eliminator funds to be spent for things like sidewalk...