The story of what the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II did to the family of Yasuo Tokita was not enough to persuade one senator to vote for a bill that would exempt those interned from paying state income tax on the $20,000 each will receive from the federal government.

"It's income and I think it should be taxed," Sen. Bill Barton, R-West Valley City, said of the reparation payments that are due to be distributed soon. Other members of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee did not agree and the bill will be sent to the Senate with a recommendation for passage.Tokita, an engineer at Hercules, said his parents were forced to sell the hotel business they had worked so hard to establish after emigrating from Japan and relocate the family to an internment camp in Minidoka, Idaho.

He described the payments as compensation not just for the monetary losses but also for the opportunities lost to the racism that surfaced as a result of the government's sending 120,000 Japanese, two-thirds of them United States citizens, to internment camps.