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.
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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.