House approves summer holiday on state gas taxes

Thursday, May 1, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House has given initial approval to legislation lifting the state gas tax this summer.

But the bill still needs another vote before moving to the Senate, and there are only about two weeks left in the session.

Consumers would still pay the state's 17-cent gas tax but could later petition for reimbursement. The legislation would apply to gas bought from May 24 through midnight Sept. 2. It would apply only this year.

It's projected to cost the state $120 million.

Sponsoring House member Jim Lembke, a Republican from St. Louis, said it would help consumers deal with high gas prices.

The measure was added Wednesday to a larger bill that phases out the state corporate income tax by 2013.

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