Senate votes to eliminate three minor tax breaks

[private]The state Senate voted 47-6 Thursday for legislation (SB 328) that will repeal three little-used income tax breaks in the Georgia tax code.

SB 328 would do away with income tax credits for private driver education courses, federal qualified transportation fringe benefits, and diesel particulate emission reduction technology equipment by the end of 2018 if signed into law.

It is the first bill produced by a study committee on tax breaks chaired by Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell).

Each of the tax breaks in SB 328 is little used or hasn’t been claimed in years, Albers said.

“We are actually saving the state money, we are not incurring costs,” Albers said. “It probably costs the state more to administer it than it is to have them on the books.”

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.

The Senate also voted 37-18 along party lines to pass SB 338, which would allow a committee chairman, by a simple majority vote of his or her committee, to repeal rule promulgated by an executive branch agency.

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