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BOISE -- Federal authorities are closer to seizing a tax-protesting former northern Idaho lawmaker's home after a judge dismissed his second bankruptcy filing.

Ex-state Rep. Phil Hart has been ordered by courts to pay the federal government and state more than $600,000 in delinquent income taxes, interest and penalties.

He's tried to protect assets including his log home in Athol by filing a pair of bankruptcies.

The Spokesman-Review reports both have now been dismissed, the latest Monday by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Terry L. Myers, who ordered Hart to submit to a Jan. 7 deposition.

Hart's bankruptcies were rejected as inappropriate.

In the first, he proposed repaying about $12,000 of the total owed.

The second one that Myers dismissed this week proposed paying $106 monthly for three years -- about $3,800 total.

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