Kansas Senate declines to discuss phasing out food sales tax

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has declined to debate a proposed constitutional amendment that would phase out the state sales tax on food over the next three years.

The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World reports that Democratic state Sen. Tom Holland proposed the amendment earlier this year. It didn’t receive a committee hearing and was in danger of dying as the 2016 session is coming to a close.

Holland made a motion on the Senate floor Tuesday to force the bill to the top of the calendar for immediate debate and vote. His motion fell six votes short of the two-thirds majority to pass with a 21-19 vote.

If Holland’s motion had passed, the amendment would’ve needed another two-thirds majority vote in both the House and Senate in order to be placed on the general election ballot for voter approval.

 

 

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