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Idaho justices hear arguments in grocery tax case

Four Idaho Supreme Court justices had sharp questions for both sides, as they heard arguments Thursday in a court challenge to Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation repealing the state’s sales tax on groceries. Bryan Smith, attorney for a group of 30 legislators who wanted the tax repealed and sued to invalidate the veto, came away confident.

Idaho Courts: Balance of powers and food sales tax

When Idaho’s legislative and executive branches face off in court on June 15, much will be at stake. First, there’s the fate of the state’s unpopular 6 percent sales tax on groceries. If the group of 30 lawmakers who sued wins the case, the tax would go away, following a two-year phaseout.

2017 Legislature drags on

In her Sunday column, Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise reports that the 2017 Idaho Legislature is growing restive as the session drags on. A large part of the problem is the antics by state Rep. Heather Scott & allies to delay votes by demanding a full reading of House bills. Another part is lawmakers who want something done about roads.

Idaho House stalls again amid lawmaker infighting, conflicts

After this morning’s tense fight in the House over Rep. Ron Nate’s bid to pull a bill out of the House Ways & Means Committee, Ways & Means Chairman Robert Anderst, R-Nampa, said, “He got the opportunity to make his case, and he got 13 votes.”...