Update: Gov “Butch” Otter asks Idaho Supreme Court for permission to get involved in a veto lawsuit

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This update on the grocery tax veto battle in the Idaho Statesman:

Bryan Clark has this piece in the Post Register:

Thirty state representatives and senators filed a promised lawsuit Tuesday night against Secretary of State Lawerence Denney, challenging the constitutionality of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s veto of the grocery tax repeal…

The key question

The suit revolves around one key question: When does the constitutional clock start ticking toward the veto deadline? Existing case law indicates the 10-day clock (excluding Sundays) begins once the governor receives a bill from the Legislature.
But the representatives who filed the suit argue that a plain reading of the language of the Idaho Constitution indicates that the clock starts ticking the minute the Legislature adjourns for the year.



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