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Grocery Tax Bill Would Give Cities and Counties Authority

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state Senate committee has approved
legislation that would give cities and counties the authority to
remove their local sales taxes on groceries.
The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee voted 5-1 Tuesday for
the bill by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur. Orr's bill now
goes to the Senate.
Orr said city councils and county commissions currently don't
have the authority to exempt groceries from their local sales
taxes.
Orr's bill is separate from grocery tax legislation that has
failed in the House. That bill would set up a statewide referendum
on whether to remove the state's 4 percent sales tax on groceries.

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