Representative Tyrone Ellis, who represents a portion of Clay County helped push a clean House Bill through moments ago after Rep. Steve Holland had added an amendment to the bill that would include incentives for Cooper Tire.
Holland's arguments are that should help existing industry, something MDA executive Brent Christensen has said many times.
However, Ellis raised the point that it was not known by MDA or the state what exactly Cooper Tire needs in terms of incentives.
"I agree with the concept," Ellis told the House. "Why don't we give MDA a little more time to work with Cooper Tire and find out what they need."
The House is voting on legislation that is an incentives package for a Clay County industrial project involving Yokohama Tire Corporation out of Japan.
Rep. Jeff Smith agreed with Ellis.
"We will help Cooper Tire," Smith said. "Cooper Tire has many advocates in the House Ways and Means committee...Let's send a clean bill to the Senate and go home."
The ensuing vote shot down the amendment.
The bill comes to the Senate floor.