Rep. Ron Nate (R-Rexburg) attempted to bring his bill (HB 448), a repeal of the state’s grocery tax, out of the House Ways and Means Committee today for a vote on the House Floor, but the attempt failed.
Nate attempted to use House Rule 17. HR 17 allows members of the House to try and bring a bill to the floor after the bill has been in committee for at least five days.
In his opening debate, Nate told the House that it was time for a vote on the Grocery Tax Repeal bill, and this was the opportunity for the legislature to move the bill to the floor. Rep. Paul Amador (R-Coeur d’Alene) stood and asked the body to keep the bill in committee.
Rep. Caroline Troy (R-Genesee) and Rep. Greg Chaney (R-Caldwell) both stood and debated in favor of the motion to hold the bill in committee. However, Chaney said that the vote on the motion would be used as a vote against the bill’s merits, which Chaney said was a lie.
Rep. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard), Rep. Karey Hanks (R-Saint Anthony), Rep. Ben Adams (R-Nampa), Rep. Tammy Nichols (R-Middleton), and Rep. Greg Ferch (R-Boise) all stood and debated in favor of bringing the bill to the House Floor.
Rep. John McCrostie (D-Boise) and Rep. Scott Syme (R-Caldwell) also stood and debated in favor of the motion to keep the bill in committee.
Nate rose a second time to debate and said the rule being used is a rule adopted by the House and that his effort on all bills is a genuine effort to help the citizens of Idaho. This comment after Chaney had said that personal bills are submitted, knowing that they will not go anywhere.
After the debate was closed, the House voted 49 to 20 to keep HB 448 in committee.
Tags: Caroline Troy, Greg Chaney, HB 448, Heather Scott, Paul Amador, Ron Nate