FARMINGTON — The Naa'bik'íyáti' Committee is recommending the Navajo Nation Council override a pair of presidential vetoes.
Committee members voted eight in favor and three opposed on Thursday to implement a 2 percent sales tax on junk food purchased on the reservation, according to a press release from the legislative branch.
The committee also voted 10 in favor and two opposed to eliminate a 5 percent sales tax on fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, water, nuts, seeds and nut butters.
Both bills were passed by the council during the winter session in January.
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly exercised his veto authority on both bills in February and stated a "lack of regulatory provisions" for overseeing the collection of the sales tax as a reason for the vetoes.
Denisa Livingston, a community advocate with Diné Community Advocacy Alliance, said the group is looking forward to the override bills continuing to the council, where final authority rests and a two-thirds vote of the full council is needed to override the vetos.