In a split — and complicated — ruling, the Idaho Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation eliminating the state’s grocery tax.
What you need to know: You have to keep paying the 6 percent sales tax on groceries.
This year, the Idaho Legislature voted to repeal the state tax on groceries. The governor vetoed the repeal. Then a group of 30 lawmakers challenged the veto in court, saying the governor took too long to act and missed a deadline in the Idaho Constitution.
The high court, in a 4-1 ruling, said all sides misconstrued the state’s constitution. It preserved the veto, but said going forward, the Legislature must present all bills to the governor before lawmakers adjourn for the year.
The governor is 1-1 on court-challenged vetoes.
In 2015, Otter vetoed legislation repealing instant horse racing. The high court unanimously ruled Otter did not act on the veto in a timely manner and, therefore, the veto was invalid.