Committee to Consider Three Bills during Wednesday Meeting

The Senate Finance Committee will consider measures to support spouses of military service members killed in action and to establish a sales tax “holiday” for the purchase of emergency preparedness equipment at its meeting set for Wednesday, March 21, according to Committee Chairman Scott Hutchinson.

Senate Bill 390, introduced by Senator Lisa Baker, amends the state Constitution to extend the state’s property tax exemption program for disabled veterans to the surviving spouse of a soldier killed in action. Currently, the program’s guidelines allow the property tax exemption to be transferred to the surviving spouse of a totally disabled veteran when he or she passes away, but it does not allow the exemption to be given to spouses of those killed in action 

Senate Bill 765, introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich, would set two sales tax holidays, one week in the spring and one week in the fall, for the purchase of emergency preparedness equipment.  The tax exemption would include items such as generators, shutters and other storm protection devices, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and first aid kits. 

House Bill 2017, introduced by Representative Frank Ryan, amends the Tax Reform Code, providing for definitions in corporate net income tax. Specifically, the legislation reverses the provisions of Bulletin 2017-02 to let Pennsylvania businesses take advantage of employment opportunities under the new federal tax law.

The meeting is set for 10 a.m. in Room 8E-A in the East Wing of the State Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.

Contact:          Justin Leventry           (717) 787-9684           jleventry@pasen.gov