Who supported House Bill 1, and who didn’t?

tax-overhaul-featuredWhen it came down to casting votes 10 years ago today, then-Gov. Jim Risch had plenty of votes to spare.

House Bill 1, Risch’s far-reaching tax overhaul, received two-thirds support in both the House and the Senate. The House roll call was 47-23; the Senate vote was 24-11.

A few prominent votes from the Aug. 25, 2006 special session:

House Bill 1 supporters

  • Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, current speaker of the House.
  • Rep. Bruce Newcomb, R-Burley, former speaker of the House.
  • Sen. Brad Little, R-Emmett. Little is now Idaho’s lieutenant governor and a gubernatorial candidate.
  • Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, who announced his candidacy for governor Wednesday.
  • Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, the Senate’s president pro tem.
  • Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, Senate majority leader.
  • Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, now a candidate for Idaho Supreme Court.
  • Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, House majority leader.
  • Rep. Gary Collins, R-Nampa, now the chair of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.
  • Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, co-chair, Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.
  • Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, JFAC co-chair.
  • Rep. Bill Sali, R-Kuna, who was elected to Congress in November 2006.
  • Rep. Mary Lou Shepherd, D-Pritchard. She was the only Democrat to support House Bill 1.

House Bill 1 opponents

  • Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, the House’s minority leader.
  • Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum.
  • Sen. Bert Marley, D-McCammon, now chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party.
  • Sen. Hal Bunderson, R-Meridian, then the chairman of the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee.
  • Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, a former legislative aide to state superintendent Sherri Ybarra.
  • Rep. Steve Smylie, R-Boise, now a West Ada School District trustee.

This series at a glance

Tuesday: Why we took a deeper dive into the tax shift

Wednesday: Tax shift of 2006 adds up to a tax increase

Wednesday: What the 2006 overhaul did to taxes in your district

Thursday: The 2006 tax shift still divides Idaho leaders

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Thursday: Who supported House Bill 1, and who didn’t?


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