Vehicle tax measure in the fast lane to the House floor
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Vehicle tax measure in the fast lane to the House floor

Date: March 12, 2013
By: Alexander Mallin
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 182

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Members of the state House have given the green light to a voter-approved measure that would have Missouri car buyers pay their sales tax based on where they live-- not where they bought the car.
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Wrap: That same system was struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court last year for being unconstitutional.

Republican Senator Mike Kehoe says the bill would help local governments get vital tax dollars from the sales of cars and trucks, so he wants to put it in the constitution.

If the measure passed by voters, a person from St. Louis who buys a car in Illinois would still be subject to the St. Louis sales tax.

The House's Small Business Committee has given its approval to the idea, but not before Republican Representative Kurt Bahr tweaked some of the bill's language that he says will help it in the judiciary process. 

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Description: "My idea with this legislation is to make it more fair so that if there is a court challenge to this bill as it was last year, it will have a better chance of being upheld."

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.

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Members of the state House have given the green light to a proposal that supporters say would help local governments get vital tax dollars from the sales of cars and trucks.
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Wrap: The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Mike Kehoe, would have Missouri car buyers pay their sales tax based on where they live-- not where they bought the car.

The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a similar system last year, saying it was unconstitutional. But Kehoe says he wants to voters to put it in the constitution so that can't happen again. 

The House's Small Business Committee has given its approval to the idea, with a few minor changes. But Kehoe says he's still confident the bill will pass.

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Description: "That's why we've had so many tweaks and tunes to this bill as its moved through both chambers this year is we've had multiple sets of constitutional expert eyes look at it."

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.

 

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