Bentley proposes Alabama tax holiday on storm gear
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has proposed a once-a-year sales tax holiday on weather radios, flashlights, generators and other supplies needed to help prepare for weather disasters.
Bentley made the proposal Tuesday at a news conference to announce that Feb. 19-24 would be Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
He said the supplies would help save lives in events like last year's April 27 tornadoes that killed at least 250 people in Alabama.
Bentley said the holiday would work much like the sales tax holiday in August when for one weekend the state 4% sales tax is removed from school supplies, books, clothes and other items needed as students prepare for school.
The governor said the tax holiday was suggested by a committee named to offer ways to better prepare for storms.
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