Idaho Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments On Grocery Tax Repeal

Jun 15, 2017

The Idaho Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday over a controversial veto by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

The Idaho Legislature passed a repeal of the grocery tax earlier this year, a 6 percent tax that most states do not impose. The measure gained bipartisan support and passed the Senate and House in March.

But the repeal hit a roadblock just a couple weeks later when Governor Otter vetoed it, saying it would cost the state too much money to lose the revenue from the tax. His veto quickly gained critics, including Lt. Governor Brad Little who is running to take the top executive spot.

Then, two Republican state representatives sued – arguing the governor did not veto the bill within the 10-day window mandated by law. This morning, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments from both sides about whether the veto was valid. The decision will likely take several weeks.

You can stream the oral arguments here.

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