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    Revival of sales tax holiday moves in House

    Today is the 16th day of the 60-day session.

    ©Associated Press
    March 19, 2003


    The back-to-school sales tax holiday Floridians enjoyed from 1998 to 2001 would be resurrected by a bill approved, 13-3, by the House Committee on the Future of Florida's Families.

    The bill (HB 137) would establish a two- to nine-day period this summer when clothing items priced at $50 or lower and school supplies costing $10 or less would be exempt from the 6 percent tax. It also includes books for children in kindergarten through third grade. Previous tax holidays didn't include books.

    Legislators didn't approve a tax holiday in 2002.

    A similar bill (SB 474) is being considered in the Senate.

    Vision checks for older drivers clear committee

    A bill to require drivers age 80 or older to have their vision tested when they renew their licenses zipped through the House highway safety subcommittee with a unanimous vote.

    Four more committees must approve the bill (HB 633) before it reaches the House floor.

    Similar legislation has faltered in the past, but support from the AARP this session has boosted its chances.

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