House Bill 509 is a bill to increase the grocery tax credit to $120, and a motion to send the bill to “general orders” to add grocery tax repeal failed today on the House floor.
If HB 509 were to pass, the grocery tax credit would increase from $100 to $120. The bill would take effect in 2024.
Rep. Ron Nate (R-Rexburg) made the motion to add grocery tax repeal to HB 509. Nate was also the same legislator who made the motion several days ago to try and bring his grocery tax repeal bill out of the Houe Ways and Means Committee, which also failed.
Rep. Jim Addis (R-Coeur d’Alene), the bill’s floor sponsor, called the motion “hostile,” to which Nate objected. Rep. Steve Harris (R-Meridian) also called the motion “hostile.”
Rep. Jason Monks (R-Meridian) also opposed the motion and said that it was not right to “hijack” someone else’s bill and add amendments to it.
Several members such as Rep. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard), Rep. Tammy Nichols (R-Middleton), Rep. Greg Ferch (R-Boise), and Rep. Karey Hanks (R-Saint Anthony).
In the end, the motion to amend the bill and add grocery tax repeal failed on a vote of 26-41 with three legislators absent (story continues below).
Once the motion failed, a debate on HB 509 itself took place.
Rep. Ilana Rubel (D-Boise) said the bill did nothing to help Idahoans and did not go nearly far enough.
Both Democrat and Republican lawmakers said that the bill did not go far enough. However, legislators from both parties also said that something was better than nothing.
After the debate was closed, HB 509 passed the House on a vote of 41 to 26 with three legislators absent. The bill will now head to the Idaho Senate for consideration.
Tags: Greg Ferch, Grocery Tax Credit Increase, Grocery Tax Repeal, Heather Scott, Ilana Rubel, Jim Addis, Karey Hanks, Ron Nate, Steve Harris, Tammy Nichols