BOISE -- House lawmakers want to hear from businesses in Idaho about the latest plan to join a national effort to tax Internet sales.

The Revenue and Taxation Committee on Tuesday voted 12-6 to introduce the measure.

A similar 2012 push made it this far, too, but was shelved by House Speaker Lawerence Denney without testimony.

As a result, the fate of this latest measure remains uncertain.

However, there's strong sentiment among some lawmakers that collecting sales tax on out-of-state Internet purchases will level the competitive playing field for Idaho brick-and-mortar businesses that must collect sales tax when they make a sale.

Strong resistance remains, however, from the likes of Republican Rep. Lenore Barrett of Challis, who complained that bringing this up again this year is like beating a dead horse.

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