BOISE -- Legislation giving Girl Scouts a tax exemption on their annual cookie sales has cleared an initial hurdle in the Idaho House.

The bill passed on a 59-11 vote Tuesday, but it faces uncertainty in the Senate where that chamber's Republican leader said the bill may not even get a hearing.

Senate President Pro Tempore Brent Hill predicted last week that tax committee members would stiffen their backbones when it comes enacting more tax exemptions -- even for causes like the Girl Scouts.

The measure didn't face that kind of resistance in the House.

Priest Lake Republican Eric Anderson said Tuesday that ending the tax -- which generates $140,000 annually -- would help the organization put more money back into scholarships to help low-income or at-risk girls join.

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