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House panel introduces Girl Scout sales tax bill

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Posted at 11:23 AM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 13:39:07-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho Girl Scouts would get a tax break on each box of Thin Mints under legislation introduced in a House committee.

The House Revenue and Tax Committee introduced a bill Monday that would exempt Girl and Boy Scouts' food programs from the state sales tax.

Republican Rep. Janet Trujillo of Idaho Falls says the tax break would allow scout programs to thrive but would take about $210,000 in scout-generated sales tax revenue from state general funds.

A similar measure passed the House in 2013, but was blocked by senators who argued there were already too many tax-exempt groups.

Idaho and Hawaii are the only two states where Girl Scout cookies are not tax exempt.