MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - As Alabama prepares to observe the first anniversary of deadly tornadoes last April 27, the Legislature has approved the creation of a tax-free weekend for buying disaster preparedness supplies.
The bill by Republican Rep. Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa cleared the Senate 28-0 and the House 87-0 Thursday. Gov. Robert Bentley signed the bill into law.
The bill specifies that the tax-free weekend will occur July 6-8 this year and the last full weekend in February in subsequent years. It waives the state's 4% sales tax on many items, including batteries, cellphone chargers, portable radios, waterproof sheeting, generators, bungee cords, duct tape, and non-electric food storage.
Legislative fiscal experts predict the bill will reduce the state's sales tax collections by $4 million annually.
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