LOS ANGELES -- Two Republican Idaho legislators are floating legislation that would repeal the Idaho grocery tax, according to news reports.

Senators Russ Fulcher and Cliff Bayer reportedly have drafted a bill to exempt food from Idaho's 6% sales tax.

Fulcher is challenging incumbent governor C.L. "Butch" Otter in the May GOP primary.

Of the 45 states with sales taxes, 32 don't tax groceries and six states tax groceries at a lower rate, according to the Idaho Statesman.

Idaho, Hawaii, Kansas, and Oklahoma collect the tax, but offer an annual rebate.

Only Alabama, Mississippi, and South Dakota tax groceries at the full rate without a rebate.

The senators said they plan to introduce the bill this week, according to reports.

Fulcher and Bayer, who told the newspaper they don't think there should be a tax on food, have been working together to eliminate the tax since 2006. Back then, they both represented a Southwest Ada County district, Fulcher in the Senate and Bayer in the House.

Despite the pair's long-time push for legislation in this area, some legislators told the paper they considered the timing on the legislation suspect, because of Fulcher's run for governor.

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