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Legislature Mulls Tax Relief for Abortion Opponents, Girl Scout Cookies

The Idaho House has already passed, in a 58-12 vote, House Bill 62, a measure that would offer tax relief to so-called pregnancy resource clinics that don't offer abortion services.

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The Idaho Legislature is considering two tax proposals—each offering exemptions—to wildly different efforts: Girl Scout cookies and anti-abortion activists.

The Idaho House has already passed, in a 58-12 vote, House Bill 62, a measure that would offer tax relief to so-called pregnancy resource clinics that don't offer abortion services. Simply put, any purchase made by the clinic would be exempt from Idaho's 6 percent sales tax. The measure now heads to the Senate for its consideration.

Meanwhile, a different piece of proposed legislation would make Girl Scout cookies tax exempt. It's estimated that 22 cents of tax is tacked on each box of Girl Scout cookies, which sell for $3.75.

The scouts argue that they have been receiving less grant funds of late and more of their members aren't always able to pay membership fees.

It's estimated that 2.5 million Girl Scout cookies are sold each year.

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