MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An effort to remove the 4 percent state
sales tax from groceries has failed in the Alabama House for the
third time in nine days, and the second time in less than 24 hours.
The Alabama House voted 55-to-44 for the proposed constitutional
amendment to remove the sales tax from groceries. But that was five
votes short of the three-fifths tally needed to bring the measure
up for debate.
Democratic leaders in the House say they will continue to put
the bill on the House work agenda to highlight the importance of
the issue. The bill was opposed by Republican lawmakers because it
would also raise income taxes on some.