Rather than state taxes, the Israel-Hamas war took center stage during the last day of the session, with Representative Elisabeth Epps trying to amend a summer food program for low-income students to prohibit the program’s benefits from being used to purchase food products from “occupied territories,” including the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
Legislators rejected Epps’s motion to consider the proposed amendment in a 39-21 vote. This was the second time her amendment was shut down after legislators on Sunday ruled that it was outside the scope of the bill.
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