Vote nate motion

This shows the House vote; names in green supported excusing the committee from the call for the bill; names in red favored the call, proposed by Rep. Ron Nate. Names in white show those who missed the vote.

After nearly 45 minutes of debate, the House has voted overwhelmingly against the latest move by Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, to call his personal bill on removing the sales tax from groceries out of the House Ways & Means Committee to the floor without a hearing. The vote, 55-11, was far stronger than previous votes on the same thing; Nate has repeatedly tried the move, eating up long stretches of the House’s time on the floor.

Today, there was heartfelt debate about the process the Legislature follows and why, along with some frayed tempers. At one point, Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise, moved to cut off debate, but his motion narrowly failed to get the required two-thirds supermajority, drawing 42 votes. The final vote saw more than three-quarters off the House reject Nate's move. 

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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