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Ala. Legislators Consider Local Grocery Taxes

Montgomery, AL – 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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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