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Internet sales tax hits dead end

House Speaker Lawerence Denney put the brakes on Idaho’s effort to tax Internet sales – at least for now.

The bill to join the nationwide push had been introduced Jan. 26 in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.

The vote margin was a relatively comfortable 12-6 – especially considering virtually identical bills have died in the House for the last four years.

Now, however, Denney has redirected the bill to the House Ways and Means Committee. This panel rarely meets, and can be used to rapidly scuttle bills that have fallen out of favor with leadership. It’s possible the Internet tax measure could languish here for the rest of the session.

Denney, no fan of any taxes, told The Associated Press on Jan. 27 he took this extraordinary step because he wanted to examine what had changed in the debate over taxing Internet sales to merit reconsideration again this year.

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