Florida May Again Give Residents Tax Break on Hurricane Supplies

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida residents would again be able to buy some hurricane supplies tax free under a measure approved unanimously by a House committee.

Storm supplies like flashlights, portable radios, tarps, gas cans and batteries would be exempt from state and local sales tax from June 1 through June 7 under the bill (HB 111).

It was approved unanimously Monday by the House Policy and Budget Committee and now goes to the floor.

If it passes it would cost the state about $12.3 million in lost taxes. Local governments would lose out on about $2.8 million.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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