A dozen GOP lawmakers who’ve dubbed themselves “liberty legislators” gathered in the Capitol rotunda today for a press conference to announce they’re pushing forward with their own versions of three GOP-backed bills already moving through the Legislature: The governor’s income tax-cut bill; the “Marsy’s Law” victim rights amendment; and the Idaho Health Care Plan. Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, said, “There really are options, and we hope that these options will get an equal opportunity in upcoming committee hearings.” Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, plans to propose an alternative tax-cut bill on Monday that will couple the provisions of the governor’s income tax-cut bill with a repeal of the sales tax on groceries. Rep. Ron...
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'Liberty legislators' pitch alternatives to three GOP bills