Revival of sales tax holiday moves in House
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.
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