What's become an annual, unsuccessful push for Idaho to tax Internet sales got started in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.  The Alcohol Beverage Control Division has one officer that conducts inspections for the state's more than 5,000 alcohol businesses. New legislation that cleared the House on Monday 57-11 will dedicate $1.5 million from vendor license fees paid to the state to better staff the agency. With the money, the division could hire up to 12 people. The bill heads to the Senate. Nampa Rep. Christy Perry says the funding will expedite licensing for small businesses and enable more investigations of vendors that sell alcohol illegally. Majority Leader Mike Moyle opposes the move, saying local governments that also get money from licensing should chip, too.

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