Senate panel OKs bill to remove tax on groceries

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state senate committee has approved a constitutional amendment to remove the state's four percent sales tax on groceries.

The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education committee split along party lines in approving the bill Wednesday.

Nine Democrats voted for it and 3 Republican voted against it.

The legislation would replace the lost sales tax revenue by raising income taxes on individuals making more than $100,000 annually and couples making more than $200,000 annually.

The measure is slightly different from a grocery tax bill approved by a House committee last week.

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