There's an old rule in the Legislature: No issue is dead until lawmakers adjourn.
Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, is following that rule and ressurrecting his sales tax break for ski resorts. On Friday he got senators to place the controversial measure back on the body's calendar.Senators didn't take the bill up, however. That fight will wait until next week.
Several weeks ago, senators killed Hillyard's bill. You need 15 votes to pass a measure in the Senate, and Hillyard got only 11. But he and ski industry lobbyists have been working on fellow senators, and it appears Hillyard has convinced at least four senators to change their minds. As originally defeated, Hillyard's bill would have allowed ski resorts a credit on their sales tax equal to the amount of money they spend upgrading ski lifts or buying snowmaking and slope-grooming equipment.